Biology studies the vast and diverse world of living organisms. You’ll look at issues broadly related to animals, plants, or humans – including ecology, biological diversity, cellular structure and function, pathogens and disease processes, and human physiology. You will work with passionate instructors in small classes, well-equipped labs, and out in the field for independent research projects.

What's different at SPSCC?

Get a taste of real research. Students have the opportunity to participate in SPSCC’s undergraduate research program, collaborating with local agencies and organizations on important projects that directly impact our community and ecosystem. You will obtain relevant, hands-on experience with real science before the graduate level – an invaluable stepping stone to a future career in the sciences, where employers typically seek real-world experience with the equipment and processes of modern research.

We’re proud of our student independent research projects. Check out these student experiences:


SPSCC's biology classes give students hands-on learning experiences. Pan around a 360-degree video to see a lab in progress as students study different types of blood and dissect a frog.

Careers in Biology

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Degrees & Certificates

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Natural and Applied Sciences