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The Field

Biology is the study of life and living organisms, including their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution.

In order to succeed in biology, students should be passionate about the natural world and demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Biology at Skyline College

While taking biology classes at Skyline College, students can expect to learn proper scientific reporting techniques and a thorough understanding of the scientific method, and they will use biological study, observation and experimentation to test hypotheses and analyze results. Biology classes also fulfill General Education requirements for a variety of majors.

The college also offers Environmental Science classes that provide a strong interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Environmental science brings together the disciplines of biological, physical and earth sciences to address the impact of humans on ecological systems.  

While Skyline College does not currently offer an Associate Degree in Biology specifically, students can earn degrees in Biotechnology or Natural Science that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

The applications for a course of study in Biology, or a degree in Biotechnology or Natural Science, include a variety of careers in the sciences in both private and public industry. Many jobs in biology or the natural sciences require a Ph.D.; taking biology classes or pursuing a Biotechnology or Natural Science degree at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursuing further education at a four-year college or university.

Biologists spend much of their time working in offices and conducting research in laboratories. Most biologists work full time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Biological Scientists in California make an average of $83,910 per year.