Pathway Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Biology provides a foundation in the study of life and living organisms including their physical structure, chemical composition, function, development and evolution.

Earn a college transfer degree that includes Biology classes. Planning to Major in Biology? Download this handy guide (pdf).

Our mission is to provide you with the latest knowledge in the field of biology, as well as hands-on experience in our life sciences laboratory. We develop our individual courses to prepare you for an A.A./A.S. degree, college or university transfer degree and careers in Allied Health (for example nursing dental hygiene), biotechnology and conservation. We even have classes for non-science majors. Biology provides a foundation for work in medicine, laboratory science, or research. If you are are planning to apply to medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, or veterinary school, a biology major is very helpful, although not required.

Courses Offered

  • Survey of Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Intro to Comparative Animal Behavior
  • Marine Biology
  • Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Majors Cellular, Animal & Plant
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology

To read course descriptions for the current and upcoming quarter as well as register, visit MyCentral.

Biology Careers

  • Conservation biologist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forest ranger
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Research Scientist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zookeeper

Biology Faculty

Mark Ainsworth
University of California Davis, Ph.D. (Plant Biology)

Tunde Akinyeke
Meharry Medical College, Ph.D. (Cancer Biology)

Marina Halverson
University of Hawaii, M.S. (Biological Oceanography)

Matt Legters
Bastyr University, M.S.

Jessica McAbee
University of California Davis, Ph.D. (Plant Biology)

Jay McLean-Riggs
Yale University, M.D., M.P.H.

John Moffat
University of Washington, M.S.

Samantha Morefield
University of North Texas, M.S. (Neurophysiology)

Deborah Ocken Kansas State University, M.S. (Nutrition)

Kathleen Putnam Bastyr University, M.S. (Nutrition)

Marla Robinson
University of Washington, M.S. (Molecular Ecology)

Grace Sparks
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Ecosystems Analysis)

Joshua Whorley
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Zoology)

John Wiseley
University of California Davis, M.S. (Plant Biology)

Lauren Yasuda (Department Lead)
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Genetics)

Brooke Yool
University of California Irvine, B.S. (Biological Science)
University of California San Francisco, M.S. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)