Biology | AS
Associate of Science
Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements

The Associate of Science Biology Transfer Major is designed for students wishing to pursue various tracks within the field of Biology, including pre-medicine, Neuroscience, and Wildlife/Conservation Biology.  Students upon graduation with an AS Degree in Biology from Western Iowa Tech will be able to:

  • Explain how the evolutionary process works, and how it gave rise to the diversity of organisms on Earth today.
  • Recognize and categorize the important organic molecules that make up all living things.
  • Describe how organisms are classified using the modern biological classification scheme, and the key criteria that are used to distinguish the major groups.
  • Describe how genetic material is transmitted from one generation to the next in eukaryotes.
  • Explain the levels of organization and structure in both plants and animals.
  • Describe the functions of major structures within a cell, and how proteins are built within a cell.
  • Explain the various ways that organisms may interact with one another ecologically, and with their non-living environment.
  • Apply proper scientific terminology appropriately both verbally and in writing.
  • Analyze scientific data both graphically and statistically to reach a reasonable conclusion.
  • Relate and apply material learned in other coursework to the field of biology.

Meet Your Advisor

Pamela Ives
Admissions Representative
Call  712.317.3402
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book Appointment

Required Classes for Biology | AS

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Entrance Requirements

  • Verification of high school, GED or HSED official transcript.
  • Submitted documentation of composite ACT score of at least 22 or ALEKS PPL score of greater than or equal to 34.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Susan McDonald
Biology Instructor
Call  712.317.3139
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,312.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,696.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester **
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,400.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.
** The cost of books varies per program.