About the Program
Biology is the study of living organisms, their relationship to each other and the broader environment.
Studying biology prepares you for careers in the health professions, teaching, forestry, agriculture, environmental protection and conservation, wildlife biology, biotechnology, basic research, and more.
The biology program at Foothill College is truly shaped around the student. Every single instructor in this program is tirelessly dedicated to their students'
An A.S. or A.S.-T degree in Biology prepares you for transfer to a four-year school and a rewarding career in the sciences.
If you are interested in biology but do not intend to transfer to a four-year institution, you are encouraged to look into some of the other career programs offered by our Biological and Health Sciences Division.
Summer Independent Study: R Programming for Biology
Starts June 27
Take a 5-week introductory programming course focused on using R for Biology applications. Weekly sessions will consist of in-person instruction and lab time working through
practice exercises with help from instructor and classmates. For more information,
contact the instructor, Lisa Couper at email@example.com.
Hybrid 2-Unit Course: Meets on campus Wednesdays 1-2:50 p.m. Register for BIOL 71R Independent Study in Biology, CRN 10882.
A degree in Biology can prepare you for careers in these fields.
- Health professions
- Environmental protection and conservation
- Wildlife biology
- Basic research
Degree & Program Types
Check out this list for a quick view of our biology programs.
Associate in Science Degree
Associate Degree for Transfer
Certificate of Achievement
Biology Requirement for Medical School: If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, you can meet the biology requirement for medical school by taking Biology 1A, 1B, and 1C at Foothill College.
Program Application Process
There is no formal application required to begin taking classes for the biology major.
However, please review the program curriculum sheet which details the prerequisites and courses you will need to take to complete the A.S. degree.
We're Here to Help!
Gillian Schultz, Biology Department Chair
Division Office Contacts