About the Program

Biology is the study of living organisms, their relationship to each other and the broader environment.

Studying biology prepares you for careers in the health professions, teaching, forestry, agriculture, environmental protection and conservation, wildlife biology, biotechnology, basic research, and more.

The biology program at Foothill College is truly shaped around the student. Every single instructor in this program is tirelessly dedicated to their students'

- Sana S.

An A.S. or A.S.-T degree in Biology prepares you for transfer to a four-year school and a rewarding career in the sciences.

If you are interested in biology but do not intend to transfer to a four-year institution, you are encouraged to look into some of the other career programs offered by our Biological and Health Sciences Division.


Looking for a morning lab session for fall? 

Take BIOL 1A Principles of Cell Biology, CRN 22039 
Meets TTH, 9-11:50 AM for Lab, Noon-1:50 PM for Lecture,

A degree in Biology can prepare you for careers in these fields.

  • Health professions
  • Teaching
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental protection and conservation
  • Wildlife biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Basic research

Biology-Related Degrees & Certificates

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science for Transfer

Associate in Science

Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Biology Requirement for Medical School

If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, you can meet the biology requirement for medical school by taking Biology 1A, 1B, and 1C at Foothill College.

Program Application Process

There is no formal application required to begin taking classes for the biology major.


Course Catalog

Class Schedule


If you are searching for BIOL 58: Fundamentals of Pharmacology,  please find it on the Pharmacy Technology Department course catalog and class schedule as PHT 58.

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We're Here to Help!

Sara Cooper, Biology Department Chair


Division Office Contacts

Zach Cembellin, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7383
STEM Division
STEM Success Center