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Each student wishing to receive a degree in a science program should consult with a science advisor prior to enrolling in my courses. The Biology program at Independence Community College offers introductory courses in Biology, from General Biology (non-majors) to Biology I, Biology II, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology as well as electives such as Nutrition & Prehistoric lives. These courses provide an excellent foundation to students to continue their education in any biological field in a four year college or university or into allied health programs.

The courses in Biology at ICC are taught by two full time faculty members and few adjuncts. The two full time faculty members have diverse specializations from molecular to organismal to ecological level to complement the course offerings. All the classes in Biological field at ICC have a maximum of 24 students that allow students to get individualized attention, ample opportunities for active class discussions, and accurate advisement.

Studying Biology increases an understanding and appreciation of living organisms and their interactions with the environment and each other. It inculcates scientific thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.

A career in Biology can be very exciting and rewarding. Biologists work in fields such as, education, health care, research, environmental management and conservation, molecular biology, genetics, marine biology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, forensic science, museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, nature centers, scientific writing, illustrations, and communications. With recent advances in scientific and medical research many more doors and avenues are opening for biologists.

The two year associate degree in Biology at Independence Community College is designed as a transfer program for completion at a four year institution.  

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If you would like more information about the Biology Program at Independence Community College, contact:

 Tom Weaver
 (620) 332-5469 
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Degree: Associate of Science

Suggested Four-Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours

First Semester:

English Composition I 3
Biology I 5
College Chemistry I 5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective* 3
Computer Concepts & Applications or
Computer Information Systems
Term Total 19

Second Semester:

English Composition II 3
Biology II 5
College Chemistry II 5
College Algebra or higher 3
Term Total 16

Third Semester:

Public Speaking 3
Anatomy & Physiology 5
Biology Program Elective** 5
Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Term Total 16

Fourth Semester:

Microbiology 5
Biology Program Electives** 5
Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective* 3
Term Total 16



*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the math/science, arts/humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.

**Approved Biology Program Electives

Course Title Credit Hours


Elementary Statistics 3
Introduction to Analytic Processes 3
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5

Physical Science

Organic Chemistry I 5
Organic Chemistry II 5
General College Physics I 5
General College Physics II 5
Engineering Physics I 5
Engineering Physics II 5
Physical Science 5
Descriptive Astronomy 5


Prehistoric Life 3
Nutrition 3

***See Program Advisor.