The Biology program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students pursuing a career in any of the biological sciences. The program also is an important foundation for related career fields such as medicine and biological and environmental engineering, as well as agriculture and wildlife management. Coursework includes general biology, general and organic chemistry, college physics, biology electives and suggested courses in computer applications and statistics. An optional internship is available.
Recommended high school courses include advanced biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and environmental studies. Students interested in biology should be inquisitive, creative, self-motivated, and have a strong work ethic. Good oral and written skills are essential for writing research papers and proposals and working within a team.
Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree. BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor's degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC's suggested curriculum where necessary.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Biologists usually specialize in one of many subfields such as microbiology or zoology. Many do research and then move into management or administration and join a company, agency or project. Others teach, become consultants, or enter a health professional school.
Possible careers requiring at least a bachelor's degree include Biology Teacher, Biochemist, Agriculture/Food Scientist, Game and Wildlife Manager, Wildlife Biologist, Botanist, Microbiologist, Marine Biologist, Ecologist, Zoologist, Physiologist, Biophysicist, Cytotechnologist, Hydrologist, Mortician, Environmental Scientist, Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Technician, Science Technician.
Students interested in any biological profession are strongly encouraged to become trained in geographic information system (GIS) technology.