The Life Sciences Department houses the following programs: Biology, Sustainability and Sustainable Agriculture.

Majors, Degrees & Certificates in the Life Sciences (click for links to catalog)

 Human Physiology students performing experiments

Is a degree in the Life Sciences for you?

  • Do you like being outside in nature?
  • Are you curious about living organisms?
  • Do you like working in a laboratory?
  • Do you enjoy solving puzzles and discovering answers to problems?
  • Are you interested in human anatomy and physiology?
  • Do you want to continue your education in a health-related field such as Nursing?
  • Are you interested in plants and agriculture or environmental science and sustainability issues?

If you have said YES to one or more of these questions, a degree in the Life Sciences may be the path for you.

Ready to Apply?

Start the process here. For these programs, you may be able to skip some of these steps.


preserved octopus specimenBiology is a natural science that focuses on physical and chemical processes of living organisms. This discipline explores how organisms acquire and use energy to maintain homeostasis, how they reproduce, and how they interact with each other and their environment. Scientific processes are emphasized as a means of answering these biological questions. Biologists rely heavily on a chemistry foundation since living organisms are chemical systems. 
Click here for more information on our Biology program. 

Need more info?

For Biology degree information contact: 
Dr. Heather McGray, Life Sciences Department Assistant Chair
Phone: 619.388.4412
Office: S-311E



The Sustainability Progracreosote in Anza Borrego Desertm offers an interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical approach for students to enter into academic and/or professional fields related to Sustainability. The central focus of the degree is the interface of human and natural systems. The curriculum emphasizes the study of cultural, historical, social, economic, and political values and forces that shape resource use and constrain responses to sustainable development. Students gain skills to critically analyze current global affairs in order to offer alternative solutions to create sustainable societies.
Click here for more information on our sustainability program. 

Need more info?

For Sustainability degree information contact: 
Erin Rempala, Life Sciences Department Chair
Phone: 619.388.3712
Office: S-311Q



The Sustainable Agriculture program offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional and/or
academic in the fields of farming, gardening, and gardening for the culinary art. We offer two Associate's degrees for those planning to continue education in agriculture at a university as well as three certificates of performance and achievement for those interested in developing a background in urban agriculture, working in the industry (urban gardening), or starting your own business (urban farming).
Click here for more information on our sustainable agriculture program

Need more info?

For Agriculture certificates and degrees contact:
Erin McConnell, Agriculture program faculty 
Phone: 619.388.4411
Office: S-311C