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Biological Sciences

College of Lake County
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Biological Sciences

The Biology curriculum at the College of Lake County is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Science Degree. The program offers courses that prepare students for continued study toward a baccalaureate degree in Botany, Ecology, Microbiology, Wildlife Management or Zoology.

Admission requirements

Non-biology majors take biology courses to fulfill general education course requirements for transfer degrees or to fulfill requirements for health care programs.

All course prerequisites must be met. Additionally, students are required to select one course from the International/Multicultural list to meet graduation requirements. A grade of C or better is required for all English course requirements.

To qualify for unconditional admission to these programs, students must provide evidence that they have attained a certain level of knowledge in the arts and sciences through previous learning.

Evidence may be provided by observing the following procedures:

  1. Successfully complete the admission requirements.
  2. Submit either a high school transcript or a student profile report from the American College Testing (ACT) Program

International Students test scores required for placement in college level classes:

For the College’s academic college-level programs, students must verify their language proficiency by:

  • a minimum score of 153 on the Language Skills section of the College of Lake County Academic Proficiency Test
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 527 on the Paper Based Test, 197 on the Computer Based Test, 71 on the Internet Based Test
  • ELI Accuplacer score of 320 or higher
  • 6.0 – Academic Format – on the IELTS
  • ELS Language Centers, Completing Level 112

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

First Semester

  • General Biology I
  • General Chemistry I
  • English Composition I
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

Second Semester

  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry II
  • English Composition II
  • Advanced Composition: Scientific and Technical Composition
  • Trigonometry
  • Humanities Elective

Third Semester

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • Fundamentals of Speech 3 Biology Elective

Fourth Semester

  • General Botany
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective
  • Fine Arts Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for Spring 2021 (per credit hour):

  • In-district: $125.00
  • Out-of-district: $322.00
  • Out-of-state and international residents: $436.00

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the website.


Degree: Associate in Science

Career opportunities

Majoring in Biology can lead to a wide variety of interesting and lucrative careers.

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Education
  • Cell / Molecular Biology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Dentist / Dental Hygienist
  • EMT / Paramedic
  • Field Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nurse / Nurse Practitioner
  • Optometry
  • Paleontology / Anthropology
  • Physical / Occupational / Speech / Respiratory Therapy
  • Physician / Surgeon / Physician Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary medicine
  • X-Ray / Ultrasound Technologist

Typical Jobs

This recommended plan of study could lead to jobs related to the medical field, research, education, and the environment.

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College of Lake County

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves. CLC is located in Grayslake, Illinois, 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Illinois. There...

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College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street
60030 Grayslake Illinois
United States of America (USA)

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