Biological Sciences

Iowa Central offers a wide range of courses in the biological sciences to start you on your way to the fascinating world of science. The sciences can be divided into fields such as anatomy and physiology, biology, botany, zoology, and ecology.

Areas of Specialization

There are seven broad areas of biology:

  • Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering The study and manipulation of genetic materials and living organisms.
  • Botany The study of plants and their effect on the environment.
  • Conservation The preservation, conservation and enhancement of our natural surroundings.
  • Genetics/Molecular & Cell Biology The broad study of heredity; the blueprint that determines what we are and how we function.
  • Immunology The study of how the body is able to protect itself against foreign substances.
  • Marine Biology The study of plants and animals which live in a water environment.
  • Microbiology/Virology The study of microscopic organisms and their effects on other life forms.

Potential Careers

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  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Crop Production Specialist
  • Ecologist
  • Energy Conservation Technician
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Forest Ranger
  • Horticulturist
  • Landscape Consultant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Oceanographer
  • Parks & Recreation Specialist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Research Assistant
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Solid Waste Manager
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Zoologist

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-127 College Algebra & Trigonometry
5.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 19.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
MAT-210 Calculus I
4.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 19.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 20.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 75.0

Advisors

Joshua Howell
Associate
515-574-1250
howell@iowacentral.edu
Lindsey Rossow
Advisor
515-574-1195
rossow@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Shivers
Advising Director
515-574-1252
shivers@iowacentral.edu

Instructors

Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt
515-574-1246
lachelt@iowacentral.edu