Biology is the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. Students may take courses to prepare for a biology major, to fulfill general education requirements, and to meet prerequisites for related courses. Among its many courses, the Biology Department offers certificates in Master Naturalist and Natural History I. The Master Naturalist program promotes the understanding of the myriad of species and unique ecosystems of the Bay Area and offers a wide range of courses on select groups of plants and animals as well as ecosystems of the Bay Area Parklands. The Natural History lecture and field courses give students knowledge of the physical and biological components of selected ecosystems at local, regional and global levels.
Career options include health-care professions, biotechnology industry, medical research, wildlife conservation, marine sciences, and education and is ideal for anyone interested in natural history and for those seeking careers in field biology, ecology, and science teaching, including park and museum docents.
- Certificate of Proficiency in Bay Area Master Naturalist
- Certificate of Proficiency in Natural History I