COVID-19: Apply Now for Student Emergency Funds, Health Attestation, For Visitors
Associate in Biology Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program
Division of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Sciences
Bldg. 1, Room 203
If you enjoy science and are curious about how living things work, consider studying biology.
In this program, you’ll learn about life on Earth and how it forms, functions, evolves and interacts. Courses explore topics like evolution, genetics and the cellular process in microorganisms, plants and animals. You’ll also learn about the scientific method and gain hands-on experiences in the lab. Most of our biology students continue their education by transferring to a four-year college or university at a junior standing.
Whether you want a career in science education, zoology, botany, wildlife, ecology, microbiology or biotechnology—or you plan to apply your biology degree toward a future in medicine, nursing or other allied health profession—this program is an excellent start.
Out of state students please refer to the tuition of "non-resident with waiver" section of web catalog.
Ability to attend on-campus classes.
Review the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree requirements worksheet here.
Many people who study biology go on to pursue careers or additional education in botany, cell biology, environmental science, microbiology, teaching or related fields.
For more information on biology courses and transfer degree options, search our website.
BIOL 100 — Environmental Biology — 5.0
This course is the study of man in his environment for nonscience majors and vocational program students. Biological concepts presented in this course include energy production and utilization, waste generation and disposal, population growth and control, and ecosystem construction and destruction. How these concepts are influenced by human activities is emphasized. This course meets A.A. lab science requirements.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL 115 — Biology for Elementary Education — 5.0
This course introduces cellular, organismal, and ecosystem biology, including human systems, for students majoring in elementary education. Inquiry based biological investigations that support science instruction outlined in the National Science Education Standards and Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements are emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 160 — General Biology w/Lab — 5.0
An integrated view of the living world including the nature of sciences, evolution of biological organization, composition and organization of living substances, metabolism, control, reproduction, heredity and ecological relationships.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 221 — Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab — 5.0
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course provides an introduction to ecology and evolution. Topics cover the origin, evolution, and characteristics of living things and the processes that influence them. Prerequisite: BIOL& 222.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 222 — Majors Cell/Molecular: w/Lab — 5.0
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course provides an introduction to cellular and molecular biology. Topics include cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, the cell cycle and genetics. It also fulfills introductory biology requirement for the health sciences. A prior course in chemistry is highly recommended.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 223 — Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab — 5.0
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course explores how plants and animals work. Topics covered include development, transport, nutrition, osmoregulation, sensory systems, and reproduction. Prerequisite: BIOL& 222.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 241 — Human A & P 1 — 5.0
Human body structure and function with emphasis on introductory cytology and histology; the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems; and the sense organs. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 222 with a 2.0 or better or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 242 — Human A & P 2 — 5.0
Continued study of human body structure and function with emphasis on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 and either BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 222 or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL 244 — Genetics — 5.0
This course introduces basic principles of inheritance, the significance of the cell cycle events to variation, genetic links to physical traits, mutations, DNA repair, gene analysis and linkage. Applications and molecular techniques such as DNA sequencing, cloning, genomics and proteomics are introduced. Classical experimental methods and findings are examined in detail. Problem-solving skills that require logic and mathematical understanding are emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or 222.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL& 260 — Microbiology — 5.0
Introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, spirochetes, fungi, and protozoa with emphasis on microbial structure, physiology, genetics, physical and chemical control, and the role of microorganisms in disease and immunology. Laboratory includes staining, media making, isolation, cultivation and identification techniques of bacteria. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL&160 or BIOL& 222 or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BIOL 270 — Biological Investigation — 3.0
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of scientific methods, experiment design and execution, including data collection and analysis, scientific writing, and use of biological literature. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160, 222, or instructor approval.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
BOT 111 — Botany: Plant Structure and Function — 5.0
A study of anatomy, physiology and genetics of flowering plants. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
BOT 112 — Botany: Survey of the Plant Kingdom — 5.0
Representative types of plants from the major groups of the plant kingdom with emphasis on structure and taxonomy. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
OCEA& 101 — Intro to Oceanography — 5.0
This course introduces students to the principles of Marine Science; the physical and chemical properties of Seawater; the fundamentals of Biology; the Organisms of the Sea; the structure and function of Marine Ecosystem; and the relationship of Humans to the Sea.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes