The field of biological science encompasses a broad spectrum of fields that are often viewed as independent disciplines. At UCC, you can earn a transfer degree that can be applied in the following areas:
Life Science Majors:
- Biochemistry / Biophysics
- Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Medicine and Allied Health Majors:
- Medical Technology
- Physical Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
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The biological science curriculum is designed so that you may complete one or two years of study (depending on your level of preparation) before transferring to a four-year institution. Because course requirements vary at each four-year institution, it is recommended that you work closely with an advisor to plan your program.
Education in the biological sciences provides a wide variety of employment opportunities. Employers typically include fisheries and wildlife agencies, the Forest Service and other government agencies, testing laboratories, research and development, and all levels of the educational system. Technician and technical assistant positions often require a bachelor's degree.
More specialized, higher paying jobs at research laboratories and academic institutions often require a graduate degree. Students may also consider coursework in biology as a means of entry into professional school to become a dentist, optometrist, physician, physical therapist, pharmacist, or veterinarian.
There are numerous non-traditional careers that emphasize the biological sciences, such as forensics, science journalism, toxicology, patent law, business and sales. Excellent career opportunities are available in many of these areas, if you travel or relocate.
Majors in biology and specialized fields within this broad discipline are offered at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, and Southern Oregon University. UCC offers classes that transfer to these institutions.
If you are planning to transfer, you should work closely with UCC faculty and advisors, and with representatives from the receiving college or university. There may be special requirements for specific programs or schools.
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
First Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Medicine and Allied Health Sciences
Joanne Richards - Contact
Associate Professor, Science
Life Science Majors
Bryan Benz - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science