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Bakersfield College

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Academic Departments

If you are exploring the different disciplines to decide upon a major, begin with Learning & Career Pathways. Bakersfield College is approaching degrees and certificates in a new way. We have grouped programs together in categories to better support our students. Explore our programs and future careers through:


Bakersfield College is located in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, and offers a wide variety of degrees and certificates related to agriculture. The disciplines included in our Agriculture Department are: Agriculture Business, Animal Science, Environmental Horticulture, Forestry & Natural Resources, Mechanized Agriculture, Plant Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. All of these degrees are in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts Pathway.

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Allied Health

The Allied Health Department offers academic and vocational education to prepare men and women for careers in health occupations. There are two programs offered: Health Information Technology and Radiologic Technology. Both of these programs are in the Health Sciences Pathway.

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Applied Science & Technology

Programs in the Applied Science & Technology Department include:.

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The Art Department provides instruction in the visual arts; preparing students for visual literacy, cultural awareness, aesthetic sensitivity and developing skills in creative problem-solving. Art program degrees and certificates are part of the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral Sciences scientifically study human and animal behavior. Within Behavioral Sciences are several academic programs including Anthropology, Correctional Administration, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health Science, and Pre-Law Program. These programs are in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Pathway.

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The Biology Department’s mission is to establish high quality science education, instilling discipline competencies for students in the vocational education, general education, and transfer pathways. The Biology AS-T and the Environmental Science AS-T are in the STEM Pathway and the Human Biology is in the Health Sciences Pathway.

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Business Management & Information Technology

The Business Management and Information Technology (BMIT) Department encompasses the areas of Business Administration and Computer Science. Business programs of study are part of the Business Pathway. Computer Science programs are part of the STEM Pathway.

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Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education prepares students for a wide range of high-wage, high skill, high-demand careers. CTE programs can be found in many of the Learning and Career Pathways

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Communication skills represent the number-one workplace ability sought by today’s employers, and the BC Communication Department provides students with an impressive set of potential skills. Communication also includes the Journalism program. Communication and Journalism programs of study are in the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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Education offers courses and opportunities to develop academic skills in a supportive environment. This department offers the stackable Paraprofessional I, II, and III certificates in the Education Pathway and courses to improve skills, a Learning Center, a Student Success Lab and other resources to keep you on the path of academic success for any of the Learning and Career Pathways.

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Programs in this department include:

  • Engineering

Engineering AS is part of the STEM Pathway.

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English courses in writing, research, and literature support students in developing critical thinking and the effective communication of ideas. Whatever academic and professional goals students may choose, strong reasoning and language skills are necessary for success and participation. The English AS-T is part of the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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English for Multilingual Students (EMLS)

This program welcomes local bilingual/bicultural students seeking to improve their language skills, as well as English language learners from around the world. The program is designed to equip English learners with language skills required for academic work at the college or university level.

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Family and Consumer Education (FACE)

FACE department includes two programs:

Child Development

This program integrates theoretical, practical and experiential coursework to develop further understanding of children, families and the processes of teaching and learning. Child Development programs of study are in the Education Pathway.

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Culinary Arts/Food & Nutrition

This program of study integrates theoretical and practical course work which prepares the student for the food service workforce. These programs of Study are in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts Pathway.

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Foreign Language

The Foreign Language Department offers Associate in Arts degrees in American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish, and Japanese. These programs of study are in the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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Industrial Technology

This department offers numerous degree programs in the disciplines of:

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Industrial Drawing
  • Manufacturing
  • Occupational Safety and Risk Management (OSRM)
  • Welding
  • Woodworking and Cabinetmaking.

These programs of study are in the Industrial Technology and Transportation Pathway

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Kinesiology, Health, and Athletics

This department provides courses to meet various requirements for physical education for programs and transfer. Additionally, the department offers the Kinesiology and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) programs.


Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological dynamic principles and mechanisms of movement.

Types of Kinesiology

  • Exercise Physiology - Study of the body systems
  • Biomechanics - Study of the human body in motion through the principles of physics
  • Exercise Psychology - Science of the mind and behavior
  • Exercise Sociology
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Sport Pedagogy – Study of Coaching /Teaching
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Recreational Management
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Physical Education and Dance
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Sport Management

The Kinesiology and Physical Therapist Assistant programs are in the Health Sciences Pathway.

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Whether you strive to become a mathematician or simply need math courses as a requirement for another program, Mathematics is the corner stone of any education. The Mathematics AS-T is in the STEM Pathway.

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Our Nursing program is perhaps the most popular at BC. They offer degree programs for Registered Nursing (RN), Vocational Nursing (LVN), LVN-RN bridge and Nursing Assistant. Nursing programs are in the Health Sciences Pathway.

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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department includes program in Music and the Theatre Arts. These programs of study are in the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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One of the strongest traditional liberal arts majors in higher education, Philosophy’s emphasis on critical thinking, theories of knowledge, value and reality, truth, rational argument and proof make it an excellent pre-professional undergraduate major (e.g., for law, theology, medicine, business, computer science) or minor (e.g., for the natural, physical and social science and humanities majors). The philosophy AA-T is in the Arts, Humanities and Communication Pathway.

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Physical Sciences

The Physical Science Department encompasses a number of programs including: Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. Courses within these programs are taken by those who are preparing for a career in science or engineering, fulfilling a General Education science requirement, and those simply wishing to learn about one or more of these fields. The physical science programs are in the STEM Pathway.

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Public Safety Training

Looking for a career in Fire-Fighting, Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement or another field in Public Safety? If you enjoy helping others, are active and enjoy challenges, take your first steps towards a career in Public Safety. These programs are in the Public Safety Training Pathway.

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Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department at Bakersfield College offers programs in Economics, History and Political Science. These programs are in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Pathway.

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