Biology 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.
The biology program serves four areas of study. First, it provides a broad background of studies for the biology major preparing for transfer to a four-year institution. Second, the Applied Biology Associate Degree curriculum provides preparation for entry level employment as a technician in the life sciences industry. In addition to the associate degree programs, certificates in Applied Biotechnology with emphasis in either Molecular Biology or Analytical Chemistry are offered. The biology program also offers support courses in human anatomy, human physiology and general microbiology which may be used to satisfy prerequisites for nursing programs and other allied health fields. Fourth, the biology program provides courses in natural science to fulfill general education requirements.
The following list is a sample of the many career options available for the biology major. A few of these require a certificate, some an associate degree, some a baccalaureate degree and some require a graduate level degree:
In addition, a background in biology may be required for the following: