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'

- Sana S.

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

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
  • Teaching
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental protection and conservation
  • Wildlife biology
  • Biotechnology
  • 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.


Course Catalog

Class Schedule


If you are searching for BIOL 58: Fundamentals of Pharmacology,  please find it on the Pharmacy Technology Department course catalog and class schedule as PHT 58.

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Gillian Schultz, Biology Department Chair


Office: 8705

Division Office Contacts

Zachary Cembellin, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7383
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