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A.S. Biology: Biology Concentration Option
A.S. Biology: Health Science/Pre-Professional Option
A.S. Biology: Pre-Nursing Option

Program Description

CRC's Biology program offers courses which satisfy general education requirements in Life Sciences, are prerequisites for a degree in Veterinary Technology, Medical Assisting, and Health Information Technology, and prepare students for transfer opportunities to four-year programs in biological sciences, nursing, physical therapy, and programs leading to careers in teaching, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine among others.

Students planning to continue for a four-year degree should consult the lower division requirements of the transfer program of the university to which they plan to attend.

Career Opportunities

  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Microbiology
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Teaching
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Research
  • Nutrition
  • Sonography

Some Career Opportunities require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required for some Career Opportunities or to fully prepare students for transfer to a university program.


  • Extensive laboratory experience
  • Day and evening sections of pre-nursing classes
  • Field trips
  • A friendly faculty who have studied biology in South America, the Galapagos Islands, Africa and North America
  • A Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program
  • Field studies classes

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see