Students with interests in the life, natural, and health sciences have two primary study options to consider at Pierce College.

Biology Program Description

Biology Transfer I (Pre-professional)

This track is recommended for students interested in pursuing careers or further education in the medical, dental, chiropractic, veterinary, microbiology, botany, environmental science, fisheries, zoology, cell biology or related fields.

Students wishing to prepare for allied health careers, such as nursing, physical therapy, or occupational therapy, should consult the Health Professions sections, as requirements are different.

The following courses, in addition to those already required for a Pierce College transfer degree (Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Associate, Associate of Science-Transfer, or Associate of Arts Option B) are recommended:

  • Majors: Cellular (BIOL& 211)
  • Majors: Animals (BIOL& 212)
  • Majors: Plants (BIOL& 213)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • General Chemistry I and II (CHEM& 161 and 162)
  • Pre-calculus I and II (MATH& 141 and 142)
  • Calculus I (MATH& 151)

The following courses are also recommended for students pursing Biology Transfer Option I:

  • General Chemistry III (CHEM& 163)
  • Organic Chemistry I, II, and III (CHEM& 261-263)
  • Engineering Physics I, II, and III (PHYS& 221-223)

Note: Additional math courses may be necessary for admission to some medical schools and biology programs. Also, chiropractic colleges may require other biology, math and microbiology courses. As always, students must check specific requirements at the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Biology Transfer II (Natural Resources)

This is the recommended track for students with interests in the forestry, wildlife, marine biology, environmental studies, and related fields.

The following courses, in addition to those already required for a Pierce College transfer degree (Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Associate, Associate of Science-Transfer, or Associate of Arts Option B), are recommended:

  • Majors: Cellular (BIOL& 211)
  • Majors: Animals (BIOL& 212)
  • Majors: Plants (BIOL& 213)
  • Microbiology (BIOL& 260)
  • Intro to Chemistry (CHEM& 121)
  • Intro to Organic/Biochemistry (CHEM& 131)
  • Intro to Physical Geology (GEOL& 101)
  • Pre-calculus I and II (MATH& 141 and 142)
  • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)
  • Environmental Biology (NSCI 160)
  • General Physics (PHYS& 121)

Students interested in forestry and wildlife management are also encouraged to take public speaking (CMST& 220), microeconomics (ECON& 201), and intro to computer information systems (CIS 121).

Students interested in marine biology and fisheries are also encouraged to take intro to oceanography (OCEA& 101) and marine biology (OCEA 170).

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.

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TRANSFER DEGREE

A university transfer degree from Pierce College satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, but at a fraction of the cost.

TRANSFER POSSIBILITIES

Students with interests in the life, natural and health sciences have two primary study options to consider at Pierce College. They are Biology Transfer I (Pre-professional) and Biology Transfer II (Natural Resources).

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Program Contacts

Joseph Cates-Carney
Biology Instructor
253-864-3399
Elysia Mbuja
FS Biology Department Coordinator
253-964-6785
Barry Putman
Biological Sciences Instructor
253-912-2399 ext 5755