Biological Sciences Major

Learn about all the organisms that surround you every day.  Every function of every living being, is within the focus of Biological Sciences at Mission college. Study in Costa Rica over Spring Break. Work towards a career in healthcare, research, or academia.

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Biology Department

Study cells, the human body, infectious diseases, biology, and ecology.

Jyodi Mohole

I am a first-generation college student and was accepted to UC Davis, UC San Diego, and UCLA. I ended up choosing the Aggies. I graduated from UC Davis in large part because she earned one of the prestigious $40,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarships while at Mission College.

Jyodi Mohole '14

Transfer Student to UC Davis then Attended UCLA Medical School

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STEM at Mission

STEM education, is a teaching approach that combines science, technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM Programs
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Honors Program

Take courses led by some of our best instructors, surrounded by motivated peers so you are pushed to do your best.

Honors Program
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Receive opportunities to improve STEM skills and benefit from professional development from mentors.

MESA Program
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Nutritional Science is a dynamic field with connections to food science, chemistry, and biology. Investigate how nutrients are taken in by the body, broken down, and utilized.

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Nursing Programs

Mission College facilitates nursing degree programs in Santa Clara, California. Earn an LVN, RN, or CNA degree/certification to join the healthcare field.



Biological Sciences Careers

Skills Needed

  • Analytical Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization and planning
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Expertise with scientific tools and lab instruments

Explore Career Paths

If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.

Biological Sciences Major Career Options

Please note that most jobs for students in the Biological Sciences require more than two years of college education. If you attend Mission College, the Transfer Center can assist you in seamlessly transitioning to a four-year college or university.