What is Biology?

Biology is the study of life.

Biologists study living organisms such as trees, mushrooms, bacteria, seaweed, and wolves.

They may study the whole organism, evolutionary relationships, ecology, anatomy and physiology, or microscopic molecules and cellular processes.

Biologist work in the lab studying microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, or in the field such as surveying the diversity of plants in a forest.


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 A professor in Human Physiology helps a student

Who hires biologists?

  • Colleges and universities, technical schools, high schools
  • Governmental agencies
  • Food and agricultural industries and agencies
  • Companies in the biotechnology industry
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health-related industries and departments
  • Water quality and natural resource conservation boards
  • Zoos, aquaria, and museums
  • and more!


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Check out the occupational employment statistics for Biological Scientists

Goals of the Biology Program

  1. Communicate the current state of knowledge and technology to members of the community so that they may better understand how various aspects of the life sciences impact their lives, as well as local and global communities.
  2. Foster the scientific curiosity of students
  3. Prepare students to achieve academic and professional success.

Student Learning Outcomes

All Biology students will be able to:

  1. Apply core biological concept that service as the foundation for higher-level science courses. These include theories of evolution, natural selection, processes of scientific inquiry, and proper laboratory techniques, among others.
  2. Evaluate the quality of scientific methodology when it is reported by the popular media.
  3. Describe the relationship between the process of science, human culture and the environment.

A student in General Microbiology Majors, Degrees & Certificates in Biology (click for links to catalog)

  • Associate of Science Degree: Biology (Transfer Track)
  • Associate of Science Degree: Biology (Allied Health Track)
  • Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree

Need more info?

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