Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences at Harper College

"Everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering." - Leon Kass, bioethicist

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of biological technicians was $39,000 in May 2010.
  • Employment of biological technicians is projected to increase 14 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Use Science to Improve Our Way of Life

Biotechnology research plays a key role in scientific advancements that improve our way of life. Biological technicians assist with medical research by helping develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's. In agriculture, biotechnology research develops genetically engineered crops that provide greater yields and require less pesticide and fertilizer. Biotechnology will also lead efforts to discover new and improved ways to clean and preserve the environment as well as alternative sources of energy, such as biofuels and biomass.

Studying biological sciences can lead to careers such as agricultural and food science technicians, biochemists, biophysicists, chemical technicians, epidemiologists, medical scientists, microbiologists, zoologists and wildlife biologists.

Choose the Degree or Certificate That Meets Your Goal

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Available majors for bachelor's degree completion at four-year colleges or universities may include:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Science
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Zoology
  • Integrative Biology
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry