Biological Sciences is the study of all living things-how they reproduce, grow, and evolve and how they relate to each other and to their environment. Students develop an understanding of scientific facts and principles relating to life and life processes from molecules to ecosystems.
Opportunities for those with a bachelor's or master's degree in biological science are expected to increase. Some positions may include: science or engineering technicians or health technologists and technicians.
Those who meet state certification requirements can become high school biology teachers. Most states require new teachers to obtain a master's degree in education.
The Science Division seeks to provide students with a diverse array of physical and life science classes through which they will develop an increased awareness and understanding of scientific knowledge and the scientific method of investigation by which this knowledge has been gained.
Students may earn an Associate in Science Degree - Option I (90 credits), or an Associate in Biology-DTA/MRP (90 credits). These degrees are applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division bachelor's degree majors in Biology. Please consult with an advisor at WWCC and your intended transfer institution for the most appropriate degree program. (See AS Option I and AA DTA in Degrees section of catalog.)
- An understanding of discipline specific terminology and methods.
- An ability to correctly use discipline specific tools and /or techniques.
- Critical thinking skills necessary in science including appropriate study techniques, problem solving skills and the use of data to assess the validity of claims.
- The ability to research, interpret and communicate concepts obtained from scientific literature.
- An understanding of the relationships between course concepts and society, including the impact of course specific technology.
Preparation For Success
In addition to required chemistry and biology courses, students interested in a major in Biological Science should take courses in mathematics, physics and computer science. Computer courses are essential, as employers prefer job applicants who are able to apply computer skills to modeling and simulation tasks and to operate computerized laboratory equipment. Those interested in studying the environment also should take courses in environmental studies and become familiar with current legislation and regulations.