You'll gain an understanding of the natural world with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in biology. Our labs give you hands-on experience and prepare you for a four-year degree. At FRCC, our close-knit, supportive environment means you'll have the skills, knowledge and resources you need to be successful.

Why Study Biology at Front Range Community College?

In small classrooms and laboratories, you'll develop an appreciation of the nature of living organisms and biological processes. You'll study life and living beings, including their types, growth, structure, evolution and where and how they live.

The study of biology opens up a world of possible careers such as:

  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Doctor
  • Environmental scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian

Science careers often require a bachelor's degree or higher. At FRCC, you'll get the guidance and support you need for a smooth transfer to a four-year university. You'll work closely with an advisor to make sure you're on the right track. Depending on your career interests, for some students, a general Associate of Science (AS) degree or a general Associate of Arts (AA) degree is a better fit. No matter your goals, we'll work with you to develop an academic plan that works for you.

Degree Details

AS in Biology

Program Locations: Boulder County, Larimer, Westminster

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Our AS in biology allows you to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree so you can transfer to a university. You'll study areas such as:

  • General biology
  • Chemistry*
  • Algebra-based physics
  • Calculus*

*These courses have prerequisites. View program details courses for more information.

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Transfer Options

With an AS degree in biology from FRCC, you can complete the second half of a bachelor's degree in biology at a four-year university.

You can transfer your AS degree in biology to the following Colorado public four-year schools:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University - Fort Collins
  • Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • University of Colorado - Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University
Learn more about transferring

Careers & Outcomes

Your degree program in biology can open doors for a career in several fields. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.

Paid Internship Opportunities


Geo-Launchpad is a paid summer internship open to all Colorado community college students. You'll develop the research skills you need for a career in science, engineering or technology. This 11-week program takes place at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado, from mid-May to early August.

Learn more about the Geo-Launchpad Internship

NIH paid research internship

The NIH traineeship provides training and experience in biomedical and behavioral research for six FRCC students per year. This traineeship requires a commitment from students over two academic years, including two summers. Although students from any FRCC campus can participate, most program activities take place at the Larimer Campus.

Learn more about the NIH paid research internship

Other opportunities

The NSF Scholarship includes customized CSU transfer advising, STEM workshops, faculty mentorship and a peer community. Scholars can receive up to seven total semesters of scholarship money (three semesters at FRCC and 4 at CSU). Each year we select 30 new scholars, and each scholar can receive up to $30,000 over seven semesters.

Learn more about the NSF scholarship

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