Biology

Discover what makes up life and living organisms with Austin Community College’s Biology Program. With dedicated faculty and limited class sizes, you’ll get one-on-one learning support in and out of the classroom. Courses will prepare you for multiple paths, whether you’re interested in enrolling in one of ACC’s many popular Health Sciences career programs or completing up to two years of affordable and transferable credits for a bachelor’s degree.

Pride Points

State-of-the-art labs

Low faculty-to-student ratio

Access to free tutoring

Career & Salary Information

Graduates have a wide array of career possibilities. Most positions require a four-year degree or higher and include field–, lab– classroom work, and more. Here are just a few careers you might consider.

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  • Biochemists and Biophysicists

    Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.


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  • Bioinformatics Scientists

    Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.


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  • Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


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  • Biologists

    Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.


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  • Cytotechnologists

    Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.


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  • Geneticists

    Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.


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  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

    Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.


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  • Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

    Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.


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  • Microbiologists

    Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.


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  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists

    Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.


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  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

    Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.


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Awards & Program Maps

 

Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

Explore awards in this program and follow program maps to stay on track:

Associate of Science

Field of Study

Biology Field of Study