Biological Sciences

Program Purpose: Study in the Biological Sciences curriculum promotes mastery of key biological terms, processes, and techniques. Students acquire understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology, as well as the mechanisms of and evidence for evolution. Additionally, they learn to identify key entities at multiple levels of biological organization, they formulate and evaluate hypotheses, learn to contrast scientific and non-scientific ideas, and demonstrate an understanding of the primary ethical issues related to biology.

The Biological Sciences curriculum provides a foundation for further study and careers in multiple fields within the life sciences. Our generalized courses give students majoring in other subjects a broad and comprehensive experience in biology. Our specialized courses serve students transferring to four-year, graduate, or professional schools; upon transfer, these students will be prepared for further study in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to Botany, Cell/Molecular Biology, Ecology, Health Sciences, Marine Biology, Pharmacology, and Zoology. Many of our courses also provide essential skills to students completing our Biotechnology program. Subsequent careers in biotechnology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, research, teaching, among others, all rely on a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

Dean: Dan Kumpf
hone: (805) 289-6258
Office: SCI-323

Administrative Assistant: Dora Hartman
Phone: (805) 289-6339
Office: SCI-325

Office Assistant: Chez Harper
Phone: (805) 289-6554
Office: SCI-321

Chair: Marta de Jesus
Phone:(805) 289-6248
Office: SCI-337 (Third Floor)

Degrees and Certificates Offered:

  • Associate in Science Degree in Biology for Transfer (AS-T); Note: this degree is only accepted by CSUs (and not all CSU Biology-related programs)
  • Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement (Biology majors)
  • Associate in Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement (Biotechnology and/or Plant Biotechnology)
  • Biotechnician Proficiency Award
  • Certificate of Achievement in Pre-Allied Health (pending)


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Faculty Tutoring:

 Biological Sciences
Anatomy Physiology    Anatomy/Physiology
Non-Majors Biology  Majors Biology    Biotechnology
Microbiology Human Biology Human Heredity 
Field Biology  Marine Biology Plant Biology
Intro to Environmental Issues