Transfer Information and Career Opportunities in Biology

Transfer Information for Biology Majors

The Associate in Science Degree in Biology offered by Ohlone College is designed to prepare students for studying the Biological Sciences at most universities. The core courses required in the AS Degree in Biology will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems.

The certificate in General Biology 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. 

The Human Biology certificate program is primarily for those students who will pursue careers as allied health professionals (e.g., nursing, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy assistant programs) and fulfills the typical prerequisite requirements for entry into these programs.

Please refer to Exploring Majors at for a list of university (California State University and University of California) that offer the major. Select an Area of Study, press the Continue button, select a Discipline in that area of study, press the Continue button, and then select the campus abbreviation next to a major to get more information about that major and the transfer requirements for that university.

Please visit the Counseling Department and Transfer Center for assistance with transfer information, degrees, applications and more.

Career Opportunities in Biology

What can I do with a Biology Degree?

Many students wonder about the types of careers available for biologists. Careers in Biological Sciences from AIBS (American Institute of Biological Sciences) provides some excellent information on the hundreds of careers available in the Life Sciences, especially biology, and answers several questions, such as:

  • What do biologists do?
  • How can I prepare for a career in biology?
  • Where are the best college and university biology programs?
  • What is the job outlook for the future?
  • What are the salaries for biologists?
  • Where can I find more information about people who have become biologists?
  • Where can I find more information and job postings for biology-related careers?

If you are interested in a particular field of Biology, be sure to discuss career options with a faculty member who works in that field. Your biology professors are invaluable sources of information!

You may consider a 4-year degree biology. Your career in the life sciences will greatly benefit from (or even require) additional training. See Transfer Information for Biology Majors.

Ohlone College Biology Programs

Ohlone's 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.

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.

The General Biology 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 of Paleobiology/Natural History signifies that the student has received basic knowledge in natural sciences and skills, which facilitate paraprofessional employment such as geological/biological field assistant and field naturalist.

Please refer to the following links for employment outlook and labor market information:

Please visit the Counseling Department and Career Services for information.