Biology Transfer Pathway

Biology Transfer Pathway

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

If you are looking to study living organisms, a Biology degree might be right for you. At SCTCC, we equip students with knowledge and skills need to succeed in their future careers.

Our program offers students the opportunity to complete an associate degree that will fully transfer to a Biology bachelor's degree at any one of the seven universities within the Minnesota State System that offers a Biology major. With so many universities to choose from, every SCTCC graduate is bound to find the program right for them.

We have carefully designed our entire curriculum to meet designated bachelor’s degree program requirements. Our requirements guarantee any student who plans to transfer after receiving their initial studies at SCTCC will succeed in their next step of education.

After graduation, students from SCTCC will have the required skills they need for a bachelor’s program. Whether you want to go into the health field or zoology, we will prepare you for your future education and career.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement - 8 graduates
Continued Education Transfers

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Biology Transfer Pathway degree at SCTCC, you’ll save money on your generals before transferring to get your bachelor's degree. By getting your general classes done at SCTCC, it provides a good foundation when you are ready to transfer.

With a degree in Biology from SCTCC, there are several career choices you can pick from. From biology technician, genetics, education, to biochemistry, there is bound to be a profession that is right for you.

Graduates from our Biology program have worked in medical and health related fields like pharmaceuticals, research sciences, biochemistry, dietitians, and medical doctors.

Students can even work as nature and conservation specialists, zoologists, science illustrators, wildlife biologist, and water quality technicians. With so many career choices, our students are guaranteed to find the right career path for them.

Potential Employers

Potential employers for our Biology graduates have opportunities to work with medical equipment manufacturers or even in the health field itself. We teach students the skills required to succeed with potential future employers.

Quick Glance

  • Biology Technician
  • Medical & Health Fields
  • Genetics
  • Education
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nature/Conservation
  • Zoology
  • Research Sciences
  • Biochemist
  • Dietitian
  • Medical Doctor
  • Science Illustrator
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist

Potential Employers

  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Health Field

At SCTCC, we have designed our Biology program to seamlessly transfer to any Biology bachelor’s degree program for any one of the seven Minnesota State universities. You can choose to attend Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, or Winona State University. With your basics covered from SCTCC, you are bound to succeed in any program you choose to move onto.

There are three requirements for a successful transfer to a program of your choice. First a student needs a minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above. Second, students need a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at SCTCC in courses numbered 1000 or above. Finally, students need a minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree that must be taken from SCTCC.

Requirements for transfer:

  1. A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at SCTCC in courses numbered 1000 or above.
  3. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken from SCTCC.

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instructor helping students in anatomy physiology class
Biology students looking in microscope
Students using anatomage table
Dissecting in an AP class

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Biology Transfer Pathway program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an info session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Biology Lab

Biology Lab Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

Current Students

Current Biology students - this is your place for information.

If you are interested in our Biology degree, contact us today and we can answer any questions you may have.

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Many of SCTCC's student clubs are directly tied to our academic programs. They can give you "real-world" experiences and make learning easier and more fun. To top it all off, studies show that students who are more involved in campus activities and more engaged in the campus community do better academically.

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