A college degree in biology focuses on the study of all types of living things.

For this major you’ll take lots of biology classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a biologist.

Sample Courses

Biology Courses:

  • Principles of Genetics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Seminar in Biology
  • Biology Lab
  • Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry + Lab
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Cell Structures and Functions
  • Fundamental Microbiology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology
Biology Major Lauren B.

“I chose my major to be biology because I always knew I was interested in the life sciences. In my younger school years, I always perform best in the life sciences, so I thought I would just expand upon that in college. And so far it’s gone pretty well.”

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Biology Major Ana S.

“My major is biology. The reason I chose biology is because I plan on getting into dentistry.”

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Biology Major Shami M.

“In high school, I was very much so involved in the sciences in the IB program so I was very centered in math and science. I’m very interested in human biology and also population biology in general.”

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Biology Major Michelle F.

“I’m here at El Camino College studying biology to become a veterinarian. I want to become a veterinarian because I love helping animals, and I’ve seen how they have helped me either being emotional companions, and when I was younger, I really struggled to read by myself. So by going outside and hanging out with my dog, I learned that animals are really my safe place.”

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