Biology

About the Biology Pathway 

This pathway meets Associate of Science Option I degree requirements with an emphasis in Biology. This sample schedule assumes a fall start. If you wish to start in a different quarter or take alternate courses not listed below please meet with a North advisor to confirm you're still meeting Associate of Science Option I degree requirements.

This pathway meets Associate of Science Option I degree requirements with an emphasis in Biology. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including research, healthcare, education, non-profit, technology and government. It also allows you to transfer at the junior level into a Biology program at a four-year college or university.

Students in this pathway develop skills in applying and communicating fundamental concepts/principles of biology to one's daily life, demonstrating the process of scientific inquiry, and solving problems analytically.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general, Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Career Opportunities

  • Biologist (Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Marine, Micro, Cell, Genetics)
  • Agricultural Scientists/Food Scientists
  • Animal Scientists
  • Archeologists
  • Bioengineers/Biochemists
  • Computer and Information Scientists
  • Environmental/Conservation Scientists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Natural Sciences Managers/Park Naturalists
  • Science Technicians
  • University and College Teachers
  • Research and Development in any of these fields.

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the Associate in Science Option I degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biology (such as Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Marine Biology), Environmental Science, or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A BAS (Bachelor's of Applied Science) from a Washington state community college.
  • Continuation of preparation for professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Communication Studies graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. For example, the University of Washington requires two quarters of world language for admission, three quarters to graduate. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90-93 credits = 9 quarters if you take 10-13 credits each term.

*Please note: If you take undergraduate research (UGR) classes, this degree will take up to 102 credits. If planning to take more than 90 credits, please contact financial aid for funding possibilities.

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Part-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1282.60 (WA State residents)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

*Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit https://northseattle.edu/financial-aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.