Associates of Science in Biology

The courses taken for an Associates of Science degree lay the foundation for the study of biology.

One of the fastest growing Associates of Science in Biology Degree

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The courses taken for an Associates of Science degree lay the foundation in the study of biology. Students will complete the required 64 credit hours in both general education and core courses focusing on natural and biological sciences. The Associates of Science program may be completed within four trimesters, or one year and four months, and upon successful completion of the program requirements, students are awarded an Associates of Science in biology degree.

Students following this track may receive this degree as their terminal degree and seek employment after graduation. Alternatively, students may pursue NWSC’s Pre-Medicine Concentration that requires an additional 26 credits, to accumulate a total of 90 credit hours. This additional study will prepare students for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and qualify students for admission to NWSC’s affiliated medical school programs.  

Students interested in pursuing continuing education at unaffiliated institutions will be prepared for medical school exams through the program’s emphasis on key concepts including biology & biochemistry, social & behavioral sciences, and critical analysis.

To learn more about our innovative programs and affiliated institutions, contact an NWSC Admissions Representative.

Admissions:

  • Click here to be redirected to the SBS admissions page.
  • Pre-Medicine Concentration: Students will be evaluated for acceptance to the MD Program upon completion of 50 credit hours.  Students who have maintained the minimum cumulative GPA in NWSC’s degree oriented program will qualify for recommendation to the cooperative graduate program.

Requirements for Graduation:

  • Complete at least 64 credit hours.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0/4.0.
  • High school graduate
  • Minimum high school CGPA of 2.5 or minimum transfer CGPA of 2.75
    • Provisional acceptance may be provided to students who do not meet this requirement. Contact Admissions for more information.
  • If available, minimum ACT score of 18/equivalent SAT score.
  • Meet with the SBS Admissions Representative for information about the programs.
  • Complete the NWSC Application for Admission and submit the enrollment fee.
    • Applications are available in the NWSC Admissions Office or online .
  • Request your official high school transcript, showing the courses taken and grades received, be sent directly from the school to:
    Northwest Suburban College
    SBS Admissions Office
    5999 S. New Wilke Road, Suite # 500
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    • At the time of enrollment, students may provide an unofficial copy of the high school transcript. However, students must submit the official transcript to the College prior to completion of the first term or the deadline designated by the Admissions Representative. Failure to do so will result in Administrative Withdrawal from the trimester.
    • Please note that transcripts will be retained for one year from the date of receipt for applicants who do not subsequently enroll.
  • If applicable, submit the ACT or SAT score, either as an official report or through an official high school transcript.
  • High school advanced placement (AP) courses may receive college credit upon receipt of the official AP exam report indicating a score of 4 or higher.
  • Set up payment arrangements with the NWSC Accounts Office.
  • Attend the SBS Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • A SBS Student Advisor will email details on the date and time of orientation.
  • Reapply for admission by completing an Application for Admission.
  • Meet with a SBS Student Advisor.
  • Attend the NWSC Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • A SBS Student Advisor will email details on the date and time of orientation.
  • Meet with the SBS Admissions Representative for information about the programs.
  • Complete the NWSC Application for Admission and submit the enrollment fee.
    • Applications are available in the NWSC Admissions Office or online.
  • Request all official college transcript(s) showing the courses taken and grades received from accredited college(s) to be sent directly from the school to:
    Northwest Suburban College
    SBS Admissions Office
    5999 S. New Wilke Road, Suite # 500
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
    • At the time of enrollment, students may provide an unofficial copy of college transcripts. However, students must submit the official transcripts to the College prior to graduation in order for courses to be officially transferred.
    • Please note that transcripts will be retained for one year from the date of receipt for applicants who do not subsequently enroll.
  • Set up payment arrangements with the NWSC Accounts Office.
  • Attend the SBS Student Orientation on the scheduled date.
    • A SBS Student Advisor will email details on the date and time of orientation.

Once official transcripts are received, the following policies may apply to transfer credits:

  • NWSC may transfer up to 23 credit hours with grades of C or higher for the associate programs and up to 50 credit hours with grades of C or higher for the bachelors programs.
    • Though infrequent, exceptions for the number of transferred credits may be made by Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Student advisors will determine transferrable credits and notify the student in writing.
  • Transfer hours can be used towards the new degree but the transfer credit will not be included in the current GPA.
  • Transfer courses with credits that are greater than the NWSC equivalent course will be given the NWSC course credit amount. Transfer courses with credits that are less than the NWSC equivalent course will be given the transfer credit amount.
  • No credit for the coursework completed at another institution will be accepted if the same or equivalent course is taken at Northwest Suburban College.
  • Credits for transfer courses completed more than 10 years before the time of admission may be denied.
  • Transfer credits will be applied to the degree program requirements if the student successfully completes the remaining coursework in his/her major field of study.
  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated at the student’s expense by an outside agency, unless exceptions are made by the Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Transferring students may refer to the State of Illinois guidelines.