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The Department of Biology at West Valley College offers an array of courses in different fields of biology. These courses are offered in support of the general education requirements in the natural sciences. Many of these courses fulfill the required transfer requirements to four-year programs at other institutions. It is recommended that students consult with the university they plan to attend to make sure that all lower division transfer requirements have been fulfilled. Prospective transfer students can visit for further information.


Degree or Certificate ProgramAward TypeRequirements
Biology Associate in Science Degree for Transfer 60 units
Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Associate in Science Degree 60 units
Biological Sciences Associate in Science Degree 60 units

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Transfer: (Includes Biochemistry, Botany, Cell Biology, Zoology) For transfer information see and/or consult with a counselor.

The Faculty

Rachel Anderson
Leticia Gallardo
Michelle Geary
Cheryl Hackworth
Nathan Norris
Christine Peters-Stanton
Molly Schrey
Peter Svensson


  • Faculty and staff that are committed to providing a high academic standard in biological sciences including high-impact learning experiences, hands-on laboratory activities, and enrichment opportunities designed to provide students an authentic experience. 
  • A comprehensive breadth of courses addressing the needs of transfer students, vocational students, and lifelong learners.
  • Faculty commitment to caring campus initiatives to address issues of equity and inclusion while improving the retention and success of our students. 
  • Support for students through expanded use of embedded tutors and faculty dedicated to helping students reach their academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Faculty engaged in implementing high-impact learning practices, such as community-based experiences partnering with local organizations, capstone projects, undergraduate research, and building learning communities.

Career Options

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnology
  • Botanist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Chiropractic
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Dentist
  • ECG Technician
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Environment
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Geneticist
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medicine
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Naturalist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Park Management
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Science Writer/ Journalist
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Sports Medicine
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Wild Life Biologist
  • X-ray Technician
  • Zoologist
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Last Updated 7/19/23