AA in Biological Sciences

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Job Growth & Earnings Potential
Stackable Program

Ready for a career in health sciences or biology?

Earn your Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Biological Sciences degree from Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) in under two years and begin your career in the health sciences quickly.

As a biological sciences major, you will complete coursework in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics. Upon successful completion of our A.A. in biological sciences degree program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the connection of various disciplines to biological phenomena.
  • Communicate about human biology through written, oral, and presentation formats.
  • Apply scientific methods and develop scientific theories.
  • Examine the significance of diversity within scientific environments.

Further your education with a bachelor’s degree, or major in pre-med or another health sciences field.

Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences: Helping You Get There Faster

Designed to be completed in under two years, the University’s A.A. in biological sciences degree program is ideal for students looking to get a head start on a career in the health sciences or biology. Our biological sciences majors follow a variety of career paths in healthcare, life sciences, and other areas. The degree can also jump-start your journey toward obtaining a bachelor’s degree or becoming a pre-med major.

Get a Head Start on Your Education

In addition to offering a solid background in science coursework, this degree program provides biological sciences majors with strong preparation for future education in health sciences. This degree is stackable, which means all courses required for our A.A. in biological sciences degree are part of the B.S. in human biology curriculum, so you can choose to progress toward your B.S. in human biology. You may also choose to complete your A.A. degree and transfer your credits to another college or university. This degree is also a good first step toward becoming a pre-med major.

Begin Your Education Sooner

Students can choose to begin at any of six times per year, depending on your choices, schedule, and whether you are bringing any transfer credits.


Cleveland University-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Career Options With Your Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences

Many of our graduates choose to further their education to earn a bachelor’s degree or prepare for a pre-med major. Graduates who complete the biological sciences major program enjoy a wide variety of career opportunities in the health sciences, biology, or other related areas. Our graduates can obtain jobs in:

  • Laboratories
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Research organizations
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations

By earning your A.A. in biological sciences in under two years at CUKC, you will be well prepared for a career path such as:

  • Agricultural and food science technician
  • Chemical technician
  • Environmental science and protection technician
  • Lab technician
  • Research assistant

Strong Job Growth and Solid Earnings Potential

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of agricultural and food science technicians (5 percent) and environmental science and protection technicians (6 percent) are anticipated to grow at rates higher than the average for all occupations through 2032. The BLS also reports annual median salaries for:

  • Biological technician: $51,430
  • Agricultural and food science technician: $46,140
  • Chemical technician: $50,840
  • Environmental science and protection technician: $48,380

A.A. in Biological Sciences Degree Program Information

The A.A. in biological sciences at CUKC offers accelerated pre-allied health sciences and general education coursework that can be completed in less than two years. The associate degree program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of postsecondary coursework. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at CUKC. Approximately 60 percent of your coursework can be completed online.

Learn more about required courses for the A.A. in biological sciences.


Incoming students are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by CUKC.

Contact Us

Contact CUKC Admissions at (800) 467-2252 with any questions, to schedule a campus tour, or to request an information packet.

Admission Requirements for the A.A. in Biological Sciences

  • Complete an online application for the program and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit your official high school transcript showing a graduation date and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale. (A GED credential certification or verification from an appropriate accredited homeschool agency will also satisfy this requirement.) If you are currently in high school, you may submit your transcript for the first term of your junior year. A final official transcript must be submitted after graduation, but before starting at CUKC.
  • Submit official postsecondary transcript(s) if you have completed college credits. If you have more than 24 college credits, you are not required to submit high school transcripts. Your cumulative college grade point average should be a minimum of 2.0.
  • Make a non-refundable tuition deposit, which is credited to your first trimester’s tuition. Your deposit is required within 60 days after being accepted into the program.

Application Procedures for the A.A. in Biological Sciences

Begin your online application.

If you have not attended college, or you have fewer than 24 college credit hours, you must submit your high school or GED transcript and your ACT/SAT scores. All official college transcripts are required for all degree programs. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants for the A.A. program may be required to participate in a final interview prior to being enrolled. Applicants will be notified in writing of CUKC’s decision regarding admission.

International Student Applicants

If you are an international student, please click here for information about applying to Cleveland University-Kansas City.

Get Started on Your A.A. in Biological Sciences

Start your journey to earn your A.A. in biological sciences and prepare for your career in health sciences or life sciences. We’re here to answer your questions and help you every step of the way. Begin your application today. We admit students to our program six times per year.

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