NMC Biology program students examine a 3D model of the human body


Whether your interest lies in biology, nursing or a specialty area such as agricultural operations, biology majors at NMC can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree with the option of further learning in a specific area of study.

Consider what makes our Biology Program unique:

  • NMC Biology Department faculty has a close working relationship with instructors in the NMC and University of Michigan Nursing Schools. They are continuously working to assure students completing introductory biology courses are well prepared to complete the ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) and BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing).
  • NMC and Michigan State University have developed an Applied Plant Science Program. This program prepares students in the areas of Agricultural Operations, Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management, Landscape Management and Viticulture.
  • You can enroll as a biology major at NMC, earn an Associate in Science & Arts in two years and then transfer to Michigan Technological University with junior standing to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in our 2+2 biology program. Most of our introductory classes (BIO 106-110) transfer as natural science courses. Our BIO 115-116 series transfers as first year biology to most four year schools. Our 200 level courses transfer as 200 to 300 level biology course.

Other Activities:

The NMC Biology Department maintains a greenhouse on the southeast corner of the Health & Science Building.

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Articulation Agreement

Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

NMC Code 702

Individuals planning to pursue a four-year degree in Biology should select from courses listed here

In addition, students should select courses in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

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Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

Pre-med students eligible for MSU Early Assurance ‘pipeline’

MSU logoMichigan State University, MSU College of Human Medicine and NMC have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical education by which NMC students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Michigan State University will have the opportunity to be granted an enhanced opportunity for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine.

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