Biological Sciences

Program Description

If you have an interest in plants, animals, microbes, the medical field, or perhaps you have an interest in how humans can impact the environment, then a degree in the biological sciences may be perfect for you. This program offers a selection of biology and other natural and physical science-related courses for students wishing to pursue a program of study in biology. This basic transfer program comprises the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in biology. Biology introduces the student to the biological principles common to all living things, with emphasis on evolution, molecular biology, diversity, ecology, physiology and genetics. This option is also appropriate for students seeking pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-pharmaceutical degrees.

Degree Programs

Biological Sciences with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Science)

The Associate of Science in Biological Sciences provides a course of study for students with concentrations in either biology, (including medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and allied health) or environmental science. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to transfer to a college or a university that grants a baccalaureate degree in various areas of biological or environmental science.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a degree in the biological sciences?

An associate degree in biology gives students a firm foundation in the biological sciences and is the first step towards a career in fields such as: biology, medicine, dentistry, allied health careers, communication outreach with government agencies, education, field consultation, laboratory research, pharmacy, research and development.

An associate degree in environmental science will serve students entering the fields of: environmental earth sciences, environmental law, environmental chemistry, environmental policy, environmental engineering, waste management, environmental economics, environmental health, marine science, applied ecology, biodiversity, and conservation.

Can I earn college credit for taking AP Biology in high school?

If you earned a 4 or better on the AP Biology Examination, it will transfer as credit for BIO 101/BIO 111 or BIO 130/BIO131 or BIO 132/BIO133. If you earned a 4 or better on the AP Environmental Science Examination, it will transfer as credit for ENV 106/ENV 116.

What are the opportunities for field experience?

Biology and environmental science students at Cecil College have many opportunities during their studies to examine biological principles in the real world with field trips to regional zoos and botanical gardens, water treatment facilities, and local landfills. Regional nature centers such as North Bay and Fair Hill provide opportunities for hands-on fieldwork.

Is there any opportunity for student employment in the biology department?

There are definitely opportunities for student employment in our biology labs. Students who qualify for work study are encouraged to apply for a position as a lab assistant. Lab assistants gain valuable experience by helping to organize and prepare lab experiments for biology, chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy & physiology.

Where have Cecil College biology/environmental science majors gone following graduation?

Our graduates transfer to universities including: University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, Towson University, and University of Delaware. Many of our graduates who earn a degree in the biological sciences have gone on to 4-year institutions to major in pre-med, biology, wildlife ecology & conservation, medical laboratory science, environmental science & technology, medical illustration, as well as many other fields.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Cecil College has strong partnerships related to the biological sciences with Maryland colleges and universities as well as other schools in nearby states.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Full-time Faculty

Christine Warwick
Science & Technology, Chair; Microbiology/Biology/Zoology
M.S., University of St. Joseph
Graduate certificate in Emerging Diseases, University of Saint Joseph

Nancy Vinton
Anatomy & Physiology/Nutrition
M.D., Yale School of Medicine

Prameela Kuraguntla
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Ebony Roper
Chemistry/Environmental Science
Ph.D., Howard University

Meredith Dillenger
Biology/Botany/Physical Science
M.Ed., Cabrini University

Melissa Burke
Anatomy & Physiology
M.A., University of Maryland

Adjunct Faculty

Our adjunct faculty in the biological sciences hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of experience into the classroom.

Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.