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Whether you are interested in managing wildlife populations or discovering new medical breakthroughs, NWCCD’s Biology Program will start you on the right path. Offered at both Gillette College and Sheridan College, the Biology Program has two main areas of emphasis: Biochemical and Molecular Biology, and Conservation and Wildlife Biology. As a Biology student, you will tackle important contemporary issues by collecting data, testing hypotheses, and drawing sound conclusions. A degree in Biology from NWCCD will open doors to a career full of possibilities, from working as a game warden to pharmaceutical researcher to a National Park biologist.
As STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers continue to grow, Biology graduates will find work in a variety of fields. Biologists today are faced with complex issues, like climate change, wildlife management, energy production, and medical practice, presenting Biologists a variety of career opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts between a 5-18% increase in the number of jobs related to biology and wildlife biology by 2022.
Biologists monitor water and air quality, study wildlife migration patterns, extract and amplify DNA, and make discoveries in the natural world. Biology graduates from Sheridan College and Gillette College typically transfer to four-year universities, earning Bachelor of Science degrees. Career fields include:
From invasive species, to climate change, to human population growth, our Biology students learn to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Our NWCCD Associate of Science Degree in Biology recently earned national recognition as a team of students was selected as a finalist for the 2015 National Science Foundation’s Community College Challenge for their research in biofuel production. Small, interactive classes at both Gillette College and Sheridan College, dedicated faculty with diverse backgrounds, plentiful outdoor research opportunities, and strong collaborations with the University of Wyoming and state agencies provide Biology students an ideal, hands-on learning environment.
You will have the opportunity to study Biology in a region that encompasses a broad diversity of ecosystems, from grasslands to alpine systems, from geothermal hot springs to high-desert shrublands.
NWCCD’s thoughtful, approachable instructors will guide you through inquiry-based instruction and hands-on, field-based courses, giving you the opportunity to study—and experience—nature. Faculty also serve as advisors for students who are interested in pursuing research and presenting findings at the University of Wyoming’s annual Undergraduate Research Day. Faculty also assist students who are interested in pursuing higher education in transferring to four-year colleges and universities.
Northern Wyoming Community College District’s strong relationships with local and national agencies, including the Wyoming Game and Fish and U.S. Forest Service, enrich students’ experiences. Our community partnerships provide real-world internships and research opportunities, preparing students for successful careers.