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Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Biology Department Website!

Our mission is to provide excellent teaching and learning for a wide variety of courses and career goals in biology. Our program serves biology majors and pre-professional transfer students, students preparing for careers in Allied Health, students seeking to satisfy specific degree, certificate, and general education requirements, and students seeking to gain intellectual enrichment.  Our program provides career development and volunteer opportunities for students.

  • Biology courses are required for all biology major students to transfer to four-year universities or earn an AA- Biology degree. These include students who intend to enter graduate programs in biology or professional training programs such as medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy and optometry schools. 
  • Biology courses are required for the AA- Biology- Emphasis in Allied Health degree and for students seeking career training for the Allied Health fields.  These include vocational students entering nursing school and programs in Allied Health fields (such as radiology, dental hygiene, physical therapy, occupational therapy, emergency medical technicians, medical assisting, and health information technology programs).
  • Biology courses fulfill requirements for certificates and other AA and AS degrees, including Psychology, Occupational Safety and Health, Horticulture, Physical Education, Sports Medicine, Science Technology, Viticulture, and Enology.
  • Biology courses are frequently chosen to fulfill the general education and IGETC requirement for a laboratory science course.

What does a Biologist Do?

Biologist study the origin and evolution, development, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, behavior, and other basic principles of plants, animals and other living organisms. Various areas of specialization are available to biologists in academic and industrial research, manufacturing, teaching, health care, natural resource management, public policy, consulting, administration, and organizations such as zoos, aquaria, museums, and parks. Biologists are usually classified according to speciality, e.g. microbiologists, ecologists, physiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, naturalists, and geneticists. Preparation for some entry level jobs in these and other areas generally require a bachelor's degree in biology.

What Biology Courses Should I Take?

Find the best place to get started in Biology!

Biology Club

The primary goal of the Biology Club is to bring lovers of biology together. The Club is open to all students excited about making a difference.

The Biology Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 3:30-4:30 pm, in Building 1850, Room 1874.

Biology Club provides a free Biology Help Desk service to all students in biology. Please join experienced biology students, enjoy free snacks, and have fun while studying biology!

The first meeting of the Spring 2014 semester is Wed, Feb 12, 3:30 pm.
Meetings for Spring 2014 are:

Wed, Feb 12Come to the Biology Help Desk
Wed, Feb 26
Wed, Mar 12
Wed, Mar 26
Wed, Apr 9
Wed, Apr 23
Wed, May 14







Interested students should contact the faculty advisor, Nan Ho, at or 925-424-1344.

Follow the Club at (archived)

Biology Department

Jill Carbone
Biology Co-Coordinator

Nan Ho
Biology Co-Coordinator

Barbara Zingg

Ann Hight

Lisa Everett
Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety

Meet Biology Faculty

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Page last modified: February 25, 2014