Through a combination of lectures and laboratory work, students in the biology program develop a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of biology, as well as the ability to analyze data, think critically, and solve problems.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, environmental science, or any other field related to biology, the biology program at Bakersfield College is an excellent starting point. With its strong commitment to student success, the biology program will provide you with the education, training, and support you need to achieve your goals and pursue your passions.

What is Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and their environment. Biology covers a wide range of topics, including the structure and function of cells, genetics and evolution, ecosystems and biodiversity, anatomy and physiology, and more. The goal of biology is to understand the complex processes that govern the behavior of living organisms and the natural world, and to use this understanding to improve human health and well-being, protect the environment, and solve other important problems facing society. Biology is a highly interdisciplinary field that draws on knowledge from a wide range of other disciplines, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and more.

Is Biology right for Me?

If you have an interest in the natural world, a curiosity about how living things work, and a desire to understand the underlying processes that govern life, you may do well in the study of biology. If you have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, are comfortable with laboratory work and data analysis, and are able to work independently and as part of a team, you may be well suited for a career in biology. Biology is a challenging field that requires dedication and hard work, but for those who are passionate about the subject and willing to put in the effort, it can be a highly rewarding and fulfilling area of study.

Careers in Biological Science

Graduates with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Biology can pursue a wide range of careers in the biological sciences and related fields. Some common career paths for biology graduates include:

  • Biomedical Laboratory Technician: Conducts routine laboratory tests and procedures to support medical diagnoses and treatments.
  • Environmental Scientist: Conducts research and provides recommendations for managing the environment and preserving natural resources.
  • Biotech Sales Representative: Sells biotechnology products and services to customers, such as hospitals, research institutions, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technician: Assists in the development and production of food products, as well as the management of agricultural resources and the protection of the environment.
  • Biotech Research Assistant: Assists in the design and implementation of scientific experiments, and collects and analyzes data in a laboratory setting.
  • Wildlife Biologist: Conducts research on wildlife populations, behaviors, and habitats, and provides recommendations for their management and protection.
  • Microbiologist: Studies microorganisms and their interactions with the environment and develops new methods for controlling and utilizing them.

These are just a few of the many career paths available to graduates with an AS in Biology. With the increasing demand for highly trained professionals in the biological sciences, the job outlook for biology graduates is very positive, and the field offers many opportunities for growth and advancement.

Biology Degree

Biology Associate in Science for Transfer

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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Department and Pathway

Academic Department: Biology

Career & Learning Pathway: STEM Pathway


See the entire list of Biology (BIOL) classes available at BC in the catalog.

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