Natural Sciences

Biology and chemistry majors are prepared for a variety of different jobs, including those in the health professions. John Wood prepares students with a broad background in the sciences. Students choosing to transfer to a four-year university may specialize further in a variety of areas or subfields.

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Degrees & Certificates

Biological Sciences Associate Degree (AS)
Chemistry Associate Degree (AS)

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Science Technician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Geoscientist
  • High School Teacher
  • Materials Engineer
  • Microbiologist
  • Physicist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Employed By:

  • ADM
  • Phibro
  • SIU Family Medicine Clinic

Course Completion, Transfers and Salaries

Time to Complete Program: 2 years / 4 semesters
Students Transfer to:

Bradley University

Colorado State

Culver Stockton College

Purdue University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Truman State University

Quincy University

University of Illinois

University of Missouri

Western Illinois University

Natural Sciences Illinois State Salary

Agricultural and Food Scientist: $27,700 – $60,480

Astronomer: N/A

Biochemist: $53,550 – $162,670

Chemical Engineer: $37,940 – $133,660

Environmental Science Technician: $27,440 – $70,780

Epidemiologist: $56,940 – 117,380

Forensic Science Technician: $50,300 -$115,500

Geoscientist: $42,190 – $115,050

High School Teacher: $38,850 – $106,140

Materials Engineer: $53,070 – $130,430

Microbiologist: $35,640 – $97,000

Physicist: $58,990 – $179,670

Wildlife Biologist: $39,780 – $80,840

Zoologist: $39,780 – $80,840

Natural Sciences National Average Salary

Agricultural and Food Scientist: $39,910

Astronomer: $100,590

Biochemist: $91,190

Chemical Engineer: $102,160

Environmental Science Technician: $45,490

Epidemiologist: $69,660

Forensic Science Technician: $57,850

Geoscientist: $89,850

High School Teacher: $59,170

Materials Engineer: $94,610

Microbiologist: $50,850

Physicist: $118,830

Wildlife Biologist: $62,290

Zoologist: $62,290