Biological Sciences

Overview

Biological Sciences

Are you a hands-on problem solver who loves nature and the complexity of life? Study everything from plants to animals to bacteria in biology. Our biology degrees can help you transfer into many different fields. And, our classes are perfect if you plan on going into the medical field.

Careers in Education, Research, Biotechnology and Healthcare

Choose from a wide range of careers. Join the healthcare industry or become a biologist. From business to education to politics, put your critical thinking skills to work.

  • Get a job teaching or do research.
  • Work in biotechnology, microbiology or biomedical engineering.
  • Start a career in conservation, or become a zoologist or natural science manager.

Academic Plans for Biology

Each plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Biology for Transfer—AS-T Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
CHEM 0001A 5 Prerequisite: Completion of CHEM 0001A  or equivalent with grade C or better AND completion of MATH 0000D or equivalent with grade C or better or placement by matriculation process AND satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination.
ENGL 0001A 3  
MATH 0016A or MATH 0030 4 MATH 0030 is required for students who are planning PHYS 0200 series.
TOTAL 12  
Term 2
Course Units
BIOL 0001 4
CHEM 0001B 5
PSYC 0100 or HDEV 0001 or ESS 0001 3
TOTAL 12
Term 3
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0002 4.5  
ENGL 0001C or PHIL 0004 3  
(PHYS 0105 and PHYS 0105L) or (PHYS 0205 and PHYS 0205L) 5 PHYS 0205 has a prerequisite of PHYS 0000A or PHYS 0105 AND MATH 0030 and MATH 0031 (MATH 0031 may be taken concurrently).
TOTAL 12.5  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
COMM 0001 3  
(PHYS 0110 and PHYS 0110L) or (PHYS 0210 and PHYS 0210L) 4-5  
Any IGETC Area 3A course 3  
Any Elective course 0.5 Department recommends taking one of the BIOL 0016 courses as an elective (0.5-2 units).
TOTAL 10.5-11.5  
Term 5
Course Units
BIOL 0003 4.5
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
GEOG 0003 or SOC 0001 or HIST 0020 3
Any Elective course 3
TOTAL 13.5

Biological Sciences—AS Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
ENGL 0001A 3  
CHEM 0001A or CHEM 0002A 5

See chemistry course descriptions for prerequisite information.

Note: Chem 0001A is a prerequisite for BIOL 0001.

CHEM 0001X or CHEM 0002X 1  
MATH 0013 or MATH 0012 or MATH 0030 4 Additional prior math coursework may be required depending on math placement.
TOTAL 13  
Term 2
Course Units
BIOL 0001 or BIOL 0005 4-5
AGRI 0221 or ANTH 0001 or ANTH 0010 3
PSYC 0100 or ESS 0001 3
NUTF 0010 or HED 0001 3
TOTAL 13-14
Term 3
Course Units
BIOL 0002 or BIOL 0006 4.5-5
COMM 0001 or COMM 0003 3
ARGI 0156 or SPAN 0001 or HDEV 0001 3-5
BIOL 0023 or any BIOL16 course 0.5
TOTAL 11-13.5
Term 4
Course Units
BIOL 0003 or BIOL 0004 4.5-5
SPAN 0002 or SOC 0001 or ANTH 0002 or (PHYS 0105 and PHYS 0105L) 3-5
HIST 0020 or HIST 0025 3
TOTAL 10.5-13
Term 5
Course Units Notes
PHIL 0060 or PHIL 0065 3  
GEOG 0003 or GEOG 0004 or SPAN 0003 3-4  
ARGI 0020 or GEOG 0090 or (PHYS 0110 and PHYS 0110L) 4-5  
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 or POLS 0001 3  
Any BIOL 0016 course 0.5  
TOTAL 13.5-15.5  

Watershed Ecology—AS Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0014 4  
BIOL 0011 OR BIOL 0001 4 BIOL 0011 has a prerequisite of CHEM 0001A.
MATH 0000D or MATH 0012 or MATH 0013 or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills Degree Requirement has been met, students may choose to take any degree-applicable elective instead of MATH 0000D. 
TOTAL 12  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0013 3  
ESS 0013 1  
ENGL 0001A 3  
ESS 0010 3 ESS 0010 or additional BIOL 0016 field studies courses.
Any Major Elective course 3-4

Select at least 3 units from your Area of Emphasis: 

Animal Study Emphasis: BIOL 0030, BIOL 0033, BIOL 0035, BIOL 0036, BIOL 0016D or BIOL 0016M

Plant Study Emphasis: BIOL 0023, BIOL 0024, BIOL 0016C or BIOL 0016E

General Emphasis: AGRI 0221, ESS 0001, GEOG 0001, MATH 0013 or BIOL 0016A or 00178

* Only 3 units of coursework from BIOL 0016 or BIOL 0017 field study courses can be applied toward major.

TOTAL 13-14  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0095 1  
PHIL 0060 or PHIL 0065 3  
COMM 0001 or COMM 0003 3  
ESCI 0002 or ESCI 0007 or ESCI 0010 or (ESCI 0010 and ESCI 0010L) 3-4  
Any Major Elective course 3-4

Select at least 3 units from your Area of Emphasis: 

Animal Study Emphasis: BIOL 0030, BIOL 0033, BIOL 0035, BIOL 0036, BIOL 0016D or BIOL 0016M

Plant Study Emphasis: BIOL 0023, BIOL 0024, BIOL 0016C or BIOL 0016E

General Emphasis: AGRI 0221, ESS 0001, GEOG 0001, MATH 0013 or BIOL 0016A or 00178

* Only 3 units of coursework from BIOL 0016 or BIOL 0017 field study courses can be applied toward major.

TOTAL 13-15  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
GEOG 0090 4  
HIST 0020 or HIST 0025 3  
GEOG 0001 or ESS 0010 3  
Any Major Elective Course 3-4

Select at least 3 units from your Area of Emphasis: 

Animal Study Emphasis: BIOL 0030, BIOL 0033, BIOL 0035, BIOL 0036, BIOL 0016D or BIOL 0016M

Plant Study Emphasis: BIOL 0023, BIOL 0024, BIOL 0016C or BIOL 0016E

General Emphasis: AGRI 0221, ESS 0001, GEOG 0001, MATH 0013 or BIOL 0016A or 00178

* Only 3 units of coursework from BIOL 0016 or BIOL 0017 field study courses can be applied toward major.

TOTAL 13-14  
Term 5
Course Units Notes
HED 0002 3 HED 0002 or other coursework in Sierra College General Education Area E.
GEOG 0003 3  
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or (ESCI 0001 and ESCI 0001L) 3-4 Any of these options or additional BIOL 0016 field studies course(s).
TOTAL 9-10  

Watershed Ecology—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0014 4  
BIOL 0011 or BIOL 0001 4  
ENGL 0001A or ENGL 0012 3  
Any Major Elective course Varies

Select at least 3 units from your Area of Emphasis: 

Animal Study Emphasis: BIOL 0030, BIOL 0033, BIOL 0035, BIOL 0036, BIOL 0016D or BIOL 0016M

Plant Study Emphasis: BIOL 0023, BIOL 0024, BIOL 0016C or BIOL 0016E

General Emphasis: AGRI 0221, ESS 0001, GEOG 0001, MATH 0013 or BIOL 0016A or 00178

* Only 3 units of coursework from BIOL 0016 or BIOL 0017 field study courses can be applied toward major.

     
Term 2
Course Units
BIOL 0013 3
ESS 0013 1
BIOL 0095 1
GEOG 0090 4
TOTAL 9

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