Biology & Health Science at College of San Mateo - Degrees & Certificates
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Biology & Health Science
Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Science Degree

Biology 60 units
Biology: General 60 units
Biology: Biotechnology 60 units
Biology: Medical (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet) 60 units
Biology: Pre-Nursing 60 units

Associate in Science Degree for Transfer/SB1440

Biology 60 CSU transferable units
Nutrition and Dietetics 60 CSU transferable units

Certificate of Specialization

Biotechnology 10-11 units

Recommended high school preparation:

One year of Biology, Chemistry Physics, four years of mathematics, English

University Transfer Program

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Career opportunities for those who major in the Biological Sciences and obtain a Bachelor’s or advanced degree include a variety of interesting occupations related mainly to biology, agriculture or medicine. Biological professions include anatomist, aquatic biologist, bacteriologist, biologist, biotechnologist, botanist, cytogeneticist,cytologist, ecologist, embryologist, entomologist, geneticist, herpetologist, ichthyologist, mammalogist, marine biologist, microbiologist, molecular biologist, morphologist, mycologist, ornithologist, paleobotanist, paleozoologist, parasitologist, pathologist, pharmacologist, photobiologist, phycologist, physiologist, protozoologist, systematist, taxonomist, toxicologist, tropical biologist, virologist, wildlife biologist, and zoologist.

Many biologists are educators as well as scientists. Biologists are also employed as forensic scientists, illustrators, museum specialists,naturalists, photographers, and science writers/editors. Agricultural professions include agricultural biologist, agrigeneticist, animal scientist,apiculturist, farmer/farm manager, field crop manager, fish and game warden, food technologist, foresters/forestry technicians, horticulturist, plant and animal breeder, plant and animal physiologist, plant quarantine/ pest control inspector, range scientist, and soil scientist/conservationist.

Medical professions include audiologist, chiropractor, coroner, dentist, exercise physiologist, health care administrator, medical laboratory technologist/technician, medical librarian, nurse, nutritionist, optometrist, pharmacist, physician, podiatrist, public/ environmental health specialist, sanitarian, speech pathologist, and veterinarian. Additional medical careers include specialists in sports medicine, and manual arts, music, occupational, physical, and recreational therapists.