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Biological Sciences

Mission College Biological Sciences students learn about all the organisms that are around us every day. They learn about cells, the human body, infectious diseases, biology and ecology of the earth and the human body. Our biological science classes are transferrable to the four-year school of your choice. 

  • Earn an Associates in Science degree for transfer (AS or AS-T.)
  • Take courses that satisfy UC and Cal State transfer requirements.
  • Work towards a career in health care, research or academia.
  • Participate in field studies in the greater Bay Area and Costa Rica.
Degrees / Certificates

The following are degrees and certificates in business.

PDF of our degrees/certificates from the catalog

Careers
  • 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.

Please see the Transfer Center to talk about your career and educational goals.

Classes to Consider
BIO 014 • Intro to Neuroscience

Are you interested in how the brain works? Students who take this course will walk away with a basic understanding of the structure and function of the brain, and will learn about current research on hot topics in neuroscience such as sleep, learning, Alzheimer's disease, autism and mood disorders. This course is fully transferable to UC and CSU.

BIO 032 • California Plants & Animals

Get hands-on learning about plants and animals in local ecosystems through field trips and lab studies. CSU and UC transferable.

Not too Early to Think About Spring Break 2021!

Tropical Ecology Trip to Costa Rica

The class will meet once on campus during the Spring semester and travel to Costa Rica during Spring Break,  March 27- April 3, 2021.  Students will have the opportunity to skywalk above the rainforest canopy, bird watching, visit a butterfly farm, and take night hikes to see and hear the amazing rainforest after dark. 


Biological Sciences Courses
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General Biology: Cells

Learn about cells with general biology BIO 1A.

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Marine Biology

Learn what lives under the sea with this intro class in Marine Biology BIO 16.

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General Biology: Organisms

Learn about organisms with general biology BIO 1B

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Microbiology

Learn about the microscopic organisms in microbiology BIO 4.

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California Plants & Animals

Get hands-on learning on California plants and animals with BIO 032.

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 Anatomy

Learn parts of the body in anatomy in BIO 47.

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Interested in a Career in STEM?

Find out about all the interesting careers associated with STEM fields. STEM Careers

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Be a Part of MESA

Interested in science? Want to join others interested in math, engineering or science? Be a part of MESA. Learn About MESA