Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, and their evolution. There are numerous focus areas within biology. Some biologists work in research laboratories discovering how to repair damaged tissue as biomedical engineers; other biologists analyze DNA from crime scenes in governmental laboratories; and still others work outdoors studying the interaction between all plants, animals and microbes in one area as ecologists and environmental biologists.

As a student of the biological sciences you have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to ask and answer scientific questions
  • How microbes affect human health
  • How to do a DNA fingerprint
  • How the human body works
  • How humans impact natural ecosystems

Biology courses provide a strong foundation for entry into science and health-related careers, and whether you are interested in becoming a genetic counselor, cancer researcher, or just fulfilling your general education requirements, Phoenix College Biosciences will help you succeed with cutting edge laboratories, small classes and award-winning professors.

Program Curriculum

While the completion of Biology courses may not lead to a specific program degree, most courses satisfy the natural science requirements or program electives in fulfillment of an Associates Degree or Certificate.

Note: Biology courses are required for the following programs: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Medical Billing & Coding, Clinical Lab Sciences, Therapeutic Massage, and Nursing.

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For specific course or program requirements, meet with one of the academic advisors for Biosciences located in the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC).

Career and Employment Outlook: 

Employment is found in a variety of settings such as hospitals, universities, government laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural and food sciences companies, and non-profit conservation organizations. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.

Transfer Options: 

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Science (AS) Bachelor of Science

Courses taught at Phoenix College are lower division collegiate courses that may transfer to a four-year college or university as program requirement credits, elective credits, and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution. Meet with one or our transfer advisors for assistance with choosing courses for transfer to another institution. Visit the website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.