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Biology is the study of living organisms, including humans, animals, and plants. Within biology, there are specialized fields of study that allow scientists to focus in on a particular area of the living world.

What will I learn in JCCC’s Biology courses?

At Johnson County Community College, our Biology program offers courses in many areas of the field. Studying biology can lead to many different careers, so let’s look at what JCCC’s Biology program can offer you.

Our world is growing and evolving, and it needs experts who understand how life functions from the microscopic level to the biome.

Biology sharpens your critical thinking and teamwork skills—two qualities employers seek out in potential employees regardless of job title. If you’re seeking a career in medicine or allied health, biology is the first rung on the ladder to all your future studies.

When you study biology, you learn about the living world, including yourself. There are three main branches of biology—microbiology, botany and zoology. At JCCC, you can pick from courses in each of these areas. From general zoology to human anatomy and physiology, a wide variety of biology courses is available.

By studying biology, you also learn essential life skills you’ll need to succeed wherever you go, such as how to:

  • Process large chunks of information
  • Assess your personal observations and perspective objectively
  • Constructively respond to criticism

JCCC offers a wide range of Biology courses that will appeal to your career needs and personal interests.

Why JCCC’s Biology courses?

You will find that there are many benefits to choosing to take a Biology course at JCCC. Here are some of the reasons why students have taken courses at JCCC:

Small class sizes

At JCCC, our Biology courses are limited to approximately 24 students. The small class size allows for a more personalized learning environment, so you can:

  • Ask questions
  • Engage in discussions
  • Connect with classmates and professors


Life can be busy, which is why we offer classes at convenient times that will fit into your schedule. We also offer convenient online classes for nearly every course offered.

JCCC’s Transfer program

JCCC Biology classes are transferable to most four-year schools, such as the University of Kansas or Kansas State University. After taking one of our Biology courses, you can transfer your credits to apply toward your bachelor's degree, whether to general studies or a particular degree program.

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Jobs in the life, physical and social science industries are expected to grow by 10 percent through 2026, resulting in about 124,800 new jobs. You can choose to apply the Biology credits you earn at JCCC to an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school. You may even go on to pursue your master’s degree or doctorate.

Put a biology degree to work:

Associate degree

  • Analyze food and other agricultural products for safety and quality as an agricultural and food science technician
  • Study pollution and contamination as an environmental science and protection technician

Bachelor’s degree

  • Improve food productivity and sustainability as an agricultural and food scientist
  • Immerse yourself in lab work as a biotechnician
  • Work with wildlife as a zoologist or wildlife biologist

Master’s degree or doctorate

  • Encourage people to lead healthy, fulfilling lives as a physician or surgeon
  • Develop new lifesaving medicines and treatments as a biochemist or biophysicist
  • Study bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms as a microbiologist

Make an appointment with an Academic Counselor to make sure the courses you take will transfer.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.