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Associate's in Biology

At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Associate of Science in Biology program offered at IWU Marion is designed for students who are driven by a passion to understand the intricate systems of life and are eager to apply this knowledge in various professional fields. This program serves as a gateway for individuals aiming to explore the vastness of the biological sciences, embodying our commitment to integrating faith with learning. Through the associate in biology program, you will embark on a journey to study life at its most fundamental levels, utilizing the tools of science to unravel the complexities of the world God has created.

Our curriculum is meticulously structured to provide you with a profound understanding of biological processes, blending technical rigor with the awe of discovery. As you delve into the wonders of creation, you will gain insights that bridge the natural world and spiritual understanding, reflecting on the intricate design of the Creator. The biology associate degree at IWU is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about fostering a deep appreciation for life's marvels and the responsibility we hold in stewarding this knowledge for the betterment of society.

What Will I Learn in this Biology Program?

Students can expect to cover a broad spectrum of topics that span from molecular biology to ecosystem dynamics. You will learn about the fundamental principles that govern living organisms, the genetic codes that dictate life, and the ecological interactions that sustain our planet. The coursework is designed to challenge your thinking, enhance your problem-solving skills, and prepare you for a range of careers in fields such as medicine, research, and green technology. By addressing critical issues like environmental depletion, threats to human health, and food supply sustainability, our program aims to equip you with the skills necessary to contribute to global solutions.

Choosing to pursue an associate in biology at Indiana Wesleyan University means joining a community that values the pursuit of knowledge, the importance of ethical scientific practice, and the integration of faith in understanding the natural world. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth. Whether you are looking to quickly enter the workforce with a solid foundation in biology or seeking to build upon this degree for further education, our program offers a pathway to achieving your goals.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in What You Will Study in This Biology ProgramBachelor of Science in Pre-Health Care Science Program

Coursework for your associate in biology degree covers:

  • A solid understanding of biological concepts, processes, and systems
  • In-depth knowledge about the physiology, anatomy, behavior, and evolution of animals
  • Enhancing skills and knowledge in specific domains of biology such as genetics, ecology, and microbiology
  • An emphasis in professional development, current issues in biology, and research skills, preparing students for careers or further education in the biological sciences

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Biological Technicians
  • Biological Science Teachers
  • Biologists
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Bioinformatics Scientists
  • Geneticists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  • Food Science Technicians
  • Education Administrators
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Biological Scientists

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Completion of 62 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of at least 24 semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.0 or higher; major requirements as prescribed by each department must be met.
  • Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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