Biology

Biology Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Open yourself to a world of possibilities when you earn an associate degree in biology at OCCC.

  • Overview

    Student examing plantAre you interested in a career in nursing, radiation technology, physical therapy or another health profession? What about ecology, education, wildlife management, veterinary science, zoology or research? With an associate degree in science with a biology concentration from Oklahoma City Community College, you can explore a whole wide world full of career options.

    Start building toward your future today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

     

  • Overview

    Student examing plantAre you interested in a career in nursing, radiation technology, physical therapy or another health profession? What about ecology, education, wildlife management, veterinary science, zoology or research? With an associate degree in science with a biology concentration from Oklahoma City Community College, you can explore a whole wide world full of career options.

    Start building toward your future today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

     

  • Highlights

    Student using microscopeSince biology is all about studying life processes, your courses will cover everything from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria. Your subjects will include microbiology, botany, ecological systems, anatomy, zoology, genetics and physiology in addition to your general education courses.

    After exploring various biological topics in General Biology I and II and taking other hands-on courses complete with state-of-the-art learning labs, you will have a large array of choices when it comes to selecting a specific aspect of biology to study.

    Most importantly, OCCC faculty have designed courses to provide you with a fundamental background and foundation that will help you be successful after moving on to a four-year degree at a college or university.

  • Degree Options

    Biology Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Lab assistant helping studentOklahoma City Community College offers:

    • An associate in science with biology concentration degree: This degree program will give you the academic background to pursue your studies at a four-year university. It will also give you the foundation to determine which area of specialty within the biological sciences you would like to focus on in your career.

     

     

  • Courses

    Biology Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    View of greenhouseAt OCCC, you have the opportunity to explore courses featuring topics including:

    • General Zoology
    • General Botany
    • Microbiology
    • Human Physiology
    • Human Anatomy (Cadaver Dissection)
    • Cell Biology
    • Ecology

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on all the biology classes and support science classes available. OCCC offers both daytime and evening biology classes.

  • Faculty
    Brenda Breeding

    Brenda Breeding


    Professor of Biology

    My style of teaching is more traditional.  If you are a student that enjoys 100 Power Point slides per lecture, I am not the professor to take.

     
    Roger Choate

    Roger Choate


    Professor of Biology

    I have spent my entire life here in central Oklahoma.  I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Central State University (UCO)with my emphasis being in vertebrate anatomy and physiology, as well as ecology.  My research was focused on frogs and symbiotic relationships.  I enjoy camping, hiking and birding all over Oklahoma and the United States.

     
    Julian Hilliard

    Julian Hilliard


    Professor of Biology

    I have bachelors and masters degrees in zoology, the masters with an emphasis in Paleontology.  I'm currently a graduate student again, this time in biological anthropology.  My current study area is specific kinds of human anatomical variation, with the goal of answering certain questions about our evolutionary biology.  I also like pina coladas and long walks on the beach :)

     
    Steve Kash

    Steve Kash


    Professor of Biology

    Formerly taught General Biology, General Chemistry, Human Anatomy (cadaver dissection), Human Physiology, at Oklahoma State University/OKC and General Biology, Zoology, Histology, Electron Microscopy, Wildlife Management, Aquatic Biology, at Eastern New Mexico University.

     
    Kimberly Kyker

    Kimberly Kyker


    Professor of Biology/Chemistry and Academic Coordinator, Clinical Research Program

    Received a Bachelor Degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's Degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Spent 18 years at OUHSC conducting research in the fields of cardiology and cancer research.  Co-founder of Dormatarg, a biotechnology company focusing on treatments for metastatic tumor progression.

     
    John McMurray

    John McMurray


    Professor of Biology

    A.S. College of Lake County (Life Science)B.A. Southern Illinois University (Plant Biology)PhD. University of California (Integrative Biology)

     
    Raul Ramirez

    Raul Ramirez


    Professor of Biology

    I am currently serving as the Biology program co-coordinator and as course co-coordinator for General Biology I and General Biology II (Majors).  I received my B.S. at the University of Oklahoma and my M.S. at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  As a student I focused my studies on freshwater fish ecology and consider myself an ichthyologist (study of fish). Although I have not conducted research recently I still attend scientific meetings when possible and regularly read scientific journal articles to keep myself informed on what's new in the sciences.  The thing I love most about science is that you are continuously learning new things about the world around us.

     
    George Risinger

    George Risinger


    Professor of Biology

    I completed my graduate degree from the University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center in 2008.  I began teaching at OCCC part-time in fall of 2009 and as a full-time faculty member in 2010.

     
    Ron Scribner

    Ron Scribner


    Professor Biology

    M.S., Long Island University B.S., Oklahoma State University Registered Microbiologist

     
    Robyn Senter

    Robyn Senter


    Professor of Biology

    New to Oklahoma in May 2012. Formerly from Orange, Texas 2003-2012 taught Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition at Lamar State College Orange. Native of Waco, Texas BS Baylor University 1993 MS Baylor University 1996 I have three big dogs, four cats and five aquariums.

     
  • After OCCC

    What You Can Do With a Biology Degree from Oklahoma City Community College

    Student using microscopeActually the question could be, what can’t you do with a biology degree? The associate degree in science with biology concentration from Oklahoma City Community College opens up so many possibilities. You can transfer your credits with ease to a four-year university and focus on a specialized area within the life sciences.

    Then, career opportunities become available in areas such as:

    • Ecology
    • Education
    • Environmental Analysis
    • Medical Technology
    • Nursing
    • Research
    • Forestry
    • Wildlife Management
    • Veterinary Science
    • Physical Therapy
    • Zoology

     

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