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Heartland Community College

Biology Information

  • Biology is the study of living things at all levels, from atoms to the biosphere. You'll learn about cutting-edge developments in fields like genetics and microbiology. Evolution, anatomy and physiology, as well as connections between plants, animals and society will also be explored. By completing an associate degree with emphasis in biological sciences you'll be able to:

    • observe, hypothesize, experiment, and form conclusions
    • integrate knowledge from multiple biological disciplines
    • communicate ideas logically and effectively
  • While taking biology classes at HCC you'll conduct a range of hands-on experiments and activities. You might identify strains of bacteria, analyze DNA to solve a case study, or dissect plant or animal specimens.

  • Because you'll develop a diverse set of skills as biology student, several career opportunities will be available to you. You could go into programs leading to professional careers in allied health fields. Popular options include:

    • Nursing
    • Radiography
    • Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Physician Assistant

    By continuing your studies at a four-year institution, you can prepare for employment in areas such as:

    • Conservation Biology
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Exercise Science
    • Agriculture
    • Animal Sciences
    • Education

    A biology degree is also excellent preparation for medical or veterinary school.

    Employment for biological technicians is projected to grow 9% from 2021 to 2031 as research and development will create new jobs related to health issues.*

    *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Biological Technicians, at

  • Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

    Associate in Science - Concentration in Biology

    If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a biology major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Science (AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Contact Us

Science Department

ICB 2400
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8640
Fax: (309) 268-7964


Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: (309) 268-8655

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: (309) 268-8639

Mary Kate Schopp

Associate Director, Science Laboratories
Phone: (309) 268-8519

Kortney Watts

Associate Director, Agriculture
Phone: (309) 268-8758