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Biology is a diverse field with many opportunities for employment. Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Studying biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems. Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. They may study cells under a microscope, insects in a rainforest, viruses that affect human beings, plants in a greenhouse, or lions in the African grasslands. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well-being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.

Why Biology @ EMCC?

Classes at EMCC in biology provide students with a fundamental understanding of biology with a focus on the following topics: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, environmental biology, and anatomy and physiology. Through the MAPP program, required EMCC courses leading to an associate degree can then easily be transferred as a block to Arizona’s three state universities for continuing degree advancement.

Career and Employment Outlook

There are many “new direction” careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields, such as science journalism, eco-tourism development, photography, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, mathematical biology, biophysics, epidemiology, food science, nutritionist, medical illustrator and agronomist.

Several traditional career paths include:

Research: Research biologists study the natural world in both laboratory settings and the outdoors, discovering solutions to specific problems.  Research laboratories may be found in universities, hospitals, businesses, research facilities and government departments.

Health care: Biologists may develop public health campaigns to defeat illnesses and prevent the spread of rare, deadly diseases. Biology is useful for those pursuing health care professions such as doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians an many others.

Environmental management and conservation: Biologists in management and conservation careers are interested in solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future generations, such as park rangers. Zoo biologists carry out endangered species recovery programs.

Education: Life science educators enjoy sharing knowledge and encouraging people to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, a museum or other public learning parks and centers.

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Science (AS) Bachelor of Science

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.