Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Degree

UC Clermont's associate degree in biology encourages undergraduate research experiences and endeavors to provide these opportunities where possible. With on campus courses as well as online and occasional international classes offered, students have diverse options for pursuing their degree. Laboratory classes are limited to twenty students per section and are taught by faculty and not assistants.

The associate degree is the foundational knowledge base for those students working in the health industry as well as those who choose to continue their education and pursue higher degrees in biology and related fields.

While designed as a transfer degree, students with the associate’s degree may find employment opportunities as technicians in various biology related fields such as wildlife management, laboratory facilities and with some governmental agencies.

Students who successfully complete the associate degree are prepared to transfer into UC’s bachelor’s degree program in biology where they can continue on to graduate degree programs as well.

Biological Sciences

What is Biological Sciences?

Biology is the study of living organisms and their relationship to their environment. Study can be on the molecular level, the function level, the organism level or the specific environment level. Areas of study are as wide and varied as life itself. While much of the work of biology is done in research laboratories, some of it is also done in the field - collecting specimens, observing natural behaviors or completing population studies.

Many who study biological sciences do so as preparation for a career in medicine or the allied health professions.

Students who are successful in biology enjoy discovery of the processes of the natural world through observation and experimentation. They have well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills and are equally adept at learning through independent reading, hands-on activity, and visual observation. Because biology is a diverse pursuit, a wide variety of personality types can enjoy success. While many biologists work alone or in small groups, most regularly interact within the larger scientific community. As such, successful biology students are both independent and sociable.

Career Possibilities

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for many beginning jobs in biology. Although your career opportunities are somewhat limited without an advanced degree, you can start your career in testing and inspecting, quality control or as a biological research technician. You may, like many biological sciences graduates, enter medical, dental, veterinary or allied health professional schools.

While a master’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research, you will need your PhD for college teaching, independent research and for advancement to administrative research and management positions.

Minoring in Biological Sciences

You cannot minor in biological sciences.

If you are enrolled in a two-year transitional degree program, you will spend most of your classroom time acquiring the foundational courses for your four-year baccalaureate. Generally, you will select a minor when you transfer to your four-year institution.

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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our beautiful, semi-rural campus is the perfect location for field application of biology course work. The many field trips built into laboratory schedules take full advantage of our natural setting. The intertwining of our wooded campus with our biology labs creates a unique learning experience.

Our small class size allows close interaction between biological sciences students and faculty, producing a highly effective learning environment where we know our students personally.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Transferring to UC Requirements

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices, including ours; (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office; (513) 556-2069 for details, or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services; (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

You should plan to start biological sciences in fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Science Degree in Biological Sciences

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East


Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319