AS in Biology

The Associate in Science Degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS degree may be granted to those who do not continue in a bachelor's program and meet the minimum requirements. It is highly recommended that those who receive an associate degree continue on to receive a Bachelors of Science Degree in biology.


The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world, including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human anatomy, human physiology, conservation biology, microbiology, zoology and others. A course of study may be designed to provide breadth in the life sciences or to prepare students for a specific area of biology.


Majors in Biology prepare for a wide variety of occupations in education, government, medicine, and research. The greatest demand for biology graduates is projected to occur in secondary education (middle and high school teachers), and health, environmental and biotechnology areas. Biology majors are employed in the following areas:

  1. Health related careers (hospitals, clinics or health departments)
  2. Technicians (biological, biomedical, genetic, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries)
  3. Sales and marketing (scientific, biomedical, pharmaceutical, veterinary and agricultural businesses)
  4. Research-related careers (university, museum, industry, medical and government agencies)
  5. Conservation biology and natural resource areas (non-profit and public agencies)
  6. State and federal agencies, (Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service, EPA and BLM)
  7. Secondary education (requires teaching certificate)