Many careers in the life sciences are founded on an understanding of Biology. Ecology, genetics, exercise science, health science careers — a specialized associate degree in biology can be an important first step toward new career opportunities.

About Salem’s Biology Associate Degree

Salem’s Associate of Science in Biology degree program equips graduates with the scientific knowledge and skills to pursue entry-level scientific career opportunities or to advance to our bachelor’s degree in biology program. You can choose to take it entirely on-campus in Salem, West Virginia, or through a blended program that incorporates distance education courses.*

We’ve designed a rigorous curriculum that will challenge you to explore foundational biology concepts using scientific approaches and methodical problem-solving. Our biology associate degree program embraces qualitative and quantitative approaches that support decision-making with integrity. Biological sciences are STEM Designated Degree Programs by the US Department of Homeland Security, signaling the importance of these studies to the Nation and the World.

*Blended programs of study may be arranged with the approval of the program director.

What Can I Do With an Associate Degree in Biology?

The broad nature of the field of biology means that it’s a degree that can be applied to a number of different career tracks. You could find yourself working as a technician, lab associate, research assistant, or other entry-level jobs in fields like:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching
  • Corporate Fitness/Wellness
  • Community Health
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Environmental Science
  • Agricultural and Food Science

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Associate Degree in Biology Program?

Our goal with the Associate of Science in Biology program is to prepare you to either successful step into a life-science-based career or continue your studies in the field. We explore the foundational aspects of general biology, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, and more, and build upon that classroom knowledge with hands-on lab work. We want our graduates to develop strong critical thinking skills that they can apply to diverse occupations and settings using evidence-based approaches.

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and skills to develop scientific approaches to global science issues
  • Knowledge and skills to be employed in biology- and health-related fields
  • The application of scientific approaches for success in technical careers related to biology
  • Knowledge and skills to perform successfully on graduate school admissions tests
  • The ability to communicate scientific information in written, oral, and graphic scientific format

What Biology Classes Will I Take?

The Associate of Science in Biology degree program requires the completion of 60 semester credits — with at least 24 general education credits and at least 15 credits from the Biology core, which includes:

  • BIO 110 and BIO 111 General Biology 1 & 2
  • BIO 210 and BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2
  • CHM 110 and CHM 111 General Chemistry 1 & 2
  • CHM 210 and CHM 211 Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
  • CHM 350 and CHM 351 Biochemistry 1 & 2
  • PHY 110 and PHY 111 General Physics 1 & 2

All hours earned in a Salem associate degree track can be applied to requirements of our bachelor’s degree track.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Biology Associate Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their associate degree in biology in about approximately 20 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your Associate of Science in Biology degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.