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Biology Department Overview


The Biology department at South Central College allows learners to take the first two years of their Biology degree at SCC and then transfer to complete a Bachelor's degree at a 4-year institution.  SCC has  an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato to make transfering easy!   Pursuing a career in Biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting.  The study of Biology includes learning to ask questions, making observations, evaluating evidence and solving problems.  It also provides insight on how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve.  There are several career paths to follow as a Biologist including: research, healthcare, environmental management and conservation as well as biology education.

Employment Outlook
An education in biology can be immensely interesting as you learn to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence and solve problems. Through your studies, you gain insight into how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve. A biology degree also has the potential to steer you toward other exciting career areas like medicine, research, environmental/conservation management and education.  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics is projecting a faster than average growth rate for biologists with an anticipated 21% increase in the demand for biological scientists between now and 2018. 

Biology Program Course Work
In addition to a diversified liberal arts and sciences course load, the coursework covered in the Biology degree program includes:

  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human Physiology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Composition

Department Faculty

Laurie Forsythe,   Renee Guyer,   Shawn Schroeder,   Sue Steck

Biology Majors