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 and evening, including weekends, on all three campuses.

What will I 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

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.

Example Classes I 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.

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

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