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Dept Chair: Robin Hulbert, Ph.D.
tel: 408-855-5347
Counseling: 408-855-5030

Division: Math & Science
Division Chair: Kelly Neary

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AS Biological Sciences

Additional Catalog Information

Biological Science Degree (pdf)
Course Information (pdf)

  • Transferable courses. All majors and non-majors courses (with the exception of directed studies) are fully transferable to UC and CSU.
  • Relevant non-majors courses on topics that are of current interest and pertinent to students' lives.
  • Convenient class times. Both day and evening sections are offered.
  • Student computer area. PC and Macintosh stations with access to Internet, printers and CD-Roms.
  • Modern lab facilities. Apparatus for carrying out microbiology and molecular biology, extensive collection of anatomical models, clean room for media preparation, incubators and vivarium.
  • Study Abroad. Opportunity to carry out ecological studies at tropical sites.

Mission's Biological Sciences program offers courses which satisfy general education requirements in Natural Sciences and prepares students for transfer opportunities to four-year programs in biological sciences, nursing, physical therapy, and programs leading to careers in teaching, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.

Students planning to continue for a four year-year degree should consult the lower division requirements of the transfer program of the university to which they plan to attend.

Career Options:
  • Nursing/ Physician's Assistant/ Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Microbiology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine/ Dentistry/ Veterinary Medicine
  • Research

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.