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Why choose Biology at PPCC?

When you study Biology at PPCC you will learn from faculty who bring diverse areas of study and life experiences to the classroom. Our faculty are experts in microbiology, human anatomy, animal biology, and botany. Biology classes, both lectures and lab sessions, are small, personal and offered throughout the day, evening, and weekends, on all three campuses. With an associate degree, you could get a job as a lab technician. If you seek advanced degrees, you could go into a variety of medical and scientific fields, such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and public health.

What do PPCC Biology students study?

Students who study Biology at PPCC often are in the Allied Health Track, while others transfer to universities and earn degrees in Biological Sciences. Students begin their Biology careers studying the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, and genetics. Students continue their education according to their specific track.

Biology Degree with Designation Students study:

  • 2 semesters of Biology
  • 2 semesters of Chemistry
  • 2 semesters of Physics
  • Calculus

Degree Map: 2-Year Plan

Associate of Science Degree Students can study approved courses in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math/physics
  • Computer science
  • Astronomy, Physical geography, Meteorology

Students interested in Allied Health opportunities in Nursing, Dental assisting, Radiology technology, Pharmacy technician, and Medical office technology should refer to the specific site of interest.

Classes You Might Take

Examines the fundamental molecular, cellular, and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Includes cell structure and function, the metabolic processes of respiration, and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction and basic concepts of heredity. The course includes laboratory experience.
Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. This courses covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory and molecular orbital theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.
Enables the student to explore the truth about physical reality through reasoning, mathematics, and experimentation. Examines kinematics, force, circular motion, energy, momentum, torque, rotational dynamics, simple harmonic motion, temperature, heat, and thermodynamics. The concepts and theories presented are explored through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. It is a general physics course that is recommended for all of the health sciences and all other interested students. Students entering engineering or one of the advanced sciences should register for PHY 211.
Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. Includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.
Studies the fundamental laws of heredity and their application to living organisms. Covers the basics of genetics. Focuses on the laws of Mendel, linkage, mutation concept, molecular genetics, and the Hardy-Weinberg law. Includes a laboratory experience.

Career Options

Biology is a starting point for a variety of professional paths. Careers requiring a strong foundation in biology are: 

  • Health professions
  • Biological Science Teachers
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologist
  • Natural Sciences Manager

Careers in Biology

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

For all BIO Courses:

  • Develop foundational knowledge in specific field of biology.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and process of science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use scientific methodologies.
  • Examine quantitative approaches to study natural phenomena.

For BIO Courses that also include a lab:

  • Perform hands-on activities with demonstration and simulation components playing a secondary role.
  • Engage in inquiry-based activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method.
  • Obtain and interpret data, and communicate the results of inquiry.
  • Demonstrate proper technique and safe practices.