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
Associate of Science Degree Students can study approved courses in:
- 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
Biology is a starting point for a variety of professional paths. Careers requiring a strong foundation in biology are:
- Health professions
- Biological Science Teachers
- Molecular and Cellular Biologist
- Natural Sciences Manager
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.