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Biology – as the 'study of life' – includes a large array of specialized areas, which collectively reflect the field’s many specialized areas. While the traditional biological fields include areas like cell biology, microbiology, medicine, botany, zoology, ecology and evolutionary biology, we have recently seen the development of additional, more specialized areas like systems biology, genomics, microbiome science, and a host of others. With more advanced technology and continuing cross-fertilization between existing biology fields, new areas of inquiry are constantly being created.

Career Options

There are many career paths open to you with a background in Biology including: Nursing and other allied health fields, forensics, biotechnology, environmental consulting, field biology, forestry, horticulture, genetic counseling, bioinformatics, agricultural science, animal health, environmental health, exercise physiology, high school or college science education, marine biology, microbiology, public health, medicine, research, veterinary science, and many more.

Depending on your interest you might work to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems, explore for new species previously unknown to humans, or develop vaccines to save lives. Your work conditions could range from a Level 4 sterile laboratory doing state-of-the-art genetic research to spending all of your time in the field observing nature directly. You might work in the hospital, academia, a private foundation, any level of government, a corporation, or start your own business.

At COS, we have a wide variety of course offerings in Biology including courses that will:

  • Prepare students for admission into allied health care programs
  • Prepare students to transfer into a Biology bachelor's degree program, and
  • Allow students to get to know the disciplines while completing science general education requirements.

Work Experience Education Credit

Students can earn Occupational Work Experience units through supervised employment in an on-the-job learning environment relating to their career goals. For more information, visit our Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) page.


Shannamar Dewey

Shannamar Dewey
Phone: (530) 938-5250

Alison Varty

Alison Varty
Phone: (530) 938-5248

Ann Womack

Ann Womack
Phone: (530) 938-5381


For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Email: Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: (530) 938-5201