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.


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. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Biology

Associate Degree for Transfer

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.


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Questions?We're Here to Help!

Lisa Schultheis, Biology Department Chair


Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 5200, Room 5211 
Nanette Solvason, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7730
Christine Mangiameli
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7249
Jenevieve Alvarez
Health Career Program Coordinator
Phone: 650.949.7538
Office: Room 5224
Biological & Health Sciences Division

Related Degree Offerings

Visit the BHS website for a full list of Biological & Health Sciences-related programs.


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