Biology Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 100% Online
Program of Study

About the Program

Biology opens the doorway into the life sciences. Whether your interests lean toward nursing or environmental science, the study of biology will enrich your understanding of the living world and your role within it. Your studies in biology will meet the requirements for entry into health care programs, research careers, and applied or field science. This could be your first step toward a career in medicine or research. Credits earned will transfer to a four-year college or university towards a bachelor’s degree.

Spacious labs, modern equipment, and an excellent collection of models are all ready and available for students. Hands-on learning and small classroom size, as well as a strong tutoring program, make CCD the right choice.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone.

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Tutors, instructors, and some lab equipment are available for students to use at The Science Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 100 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
BIO 105,  BIO 106,  BIO 111,  BIO 112,
BIO 116,  BIO 175,  BIO 201,  BIO 202,
BIO 204,  BIO 208,  BIO 216,  BIO 224,  BIO 228
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
BIO 228 Excursion to New Mexico refuge (voluntary class) $650.00 (flat)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
BIO 103,  BIO 105,  BIO 106,  BIO 111,
BIO 112,  BIO 201,  BIO 202,  BIO 204,
BIO 216,  BIO 221
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
BIO 105 Required lab kit fee for online class $241.00 (flat)
BIO 111 Required for online classes $128.00 (flat)
BIO 111 Required lab kit fee for online class $326.00 (flat)
BIO 112 Required for online classes $277.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

CCD's biology designation is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead to a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Please speak with your program chair regarding internship and research opportunities.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for biological and medical research is expected to increase the need for these workers.

Biotechnology research plays a key role in scientific advancements that improve people’s quality of life. One new area of biotechnology, synthetic biology, will employ biological technicians in attempts to redesign biological systems or living organisms to produce useful things, such as chemicals, in more efficient ways than those are currently used. New applications of biotechnology may be the subject of research topics ranging from new ways to produce biofuels to providing new treatments for diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

There are unlimited possibilities with a degree in biology. An A.S. in biology sets the stage for a career in a number of areas, including a physician, nurse, veterinarian, and scientific researcher.

  • Biologist
  • Biotechnology
  • Educator (in a school, science museum, zoo, aquarium, park, or nature center)
  • Environmental Management and Conservation
  • Forensic Science
  • Healthcare
  • Research
  • Science Writing and Communication
  • Veterinarian
  • and More

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for biological technicians was $43,800 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,560.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for biological technicians.