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Scientific Success Awaits in NOVA's Biology Program

Prepare for a seamless transfer to a four-year institution, completing a baccalaureate degree in diverse fields such as agriculture, biology, and more.


Associate Degree in Biology

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, botany, pre-dentistry, forestry, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, science education, pre-veterinary, or zoology.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
Curriculum Details

Why Study Biology at NOVA?

Experienced Biology Faculty

You’ll learn from a dedicated NOVA faculty with years of experience in mathematics, chemistry, biology and communication.

Hands-On Biology Courses

You’ll gain knowledge and exposure to diverse fields through courses like Chemistry, Zoology and Cell Biology.

Affordable Biology Program

You’ll receive a low-cost biology education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition and other expenses related to your studies.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in liberal arts with an art history specialization.

Biology Program Career Outcomes

By studying biology at NOVA, you'll be prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a professional or scientific program.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Your Next Steps to NOVA