Biology Department

The Biology programs prepare students for careers in: Cell & Molecular Biology, Research, Ecology & Field Biology, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Genetic Engineering, Animal & Plant Biology, Biology Education, and these Health Professions: Pre-medicine, Pre-dental, Pre-veterinary. What can I do with a Biology Degree?

Biology Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Biology A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for studying the Biological Sciences at most universities. The core courses required in the Associate in Science in Biology will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this program will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level science and math.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Natural Science: Biological Science Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to enable students to develop a strong foundation in the life sciences. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this emphasis will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level life science and laboratory skills.

Certificates of Accomplishment

  • Biology: General Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Indicates that students have successfully completed a regimen of introductory science courses including chemistry (inorganic and organic), mathematics or physics, and introductory college biology. Most of these courses are transferable and constitute a part of the freshman/sophomore core courses for the bachelor's degree in biology at four-year institutions. Students gain knowledge and laboratory skills in molecular and cell biology, metabolic processes, microscopy, genetics, DNA technology, microbiology, systematics, plant and animal physiology, and evolution and ecology. This certificate prepares students for a wide range of technical positions in private industry (biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical supply, agricultural, environmental consulting firms, etc.) or in city, state, or federal agencies. This certificate is also ideal for students planning to pursue advanced studies in biology.
  • Paleobiology / Natural History Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Signifies that students have received basic knowledge in natural sciences and skills, which facilitate paraprofessional employment such as geological/biological field assistant and field naturalist. It also provides a good foundation for continued study in a broad variety of scientific fields including Biology, Geology, and Paleontology.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

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