Biological Science

A degree in biological sciences opens the door to a wide variety of choices — from the health sciences to environmental technology, from biomedical research to wildlife biology. The range of possibilities is limited only by students’ own interests, aptitudes, and imagination! Since programs differ at each of the four-year colleges, students should consider program outlines published by the college or university to which they intend to transfer. Students should prepare their quarterly schedules with the assistance of an advisor knowledgeable in this transfer area.

Biological Sciences and Related Pre-Professional Studies

Program Outcomes
Career Possibilities
Transfer Options
Industry Connections
Scholarships & Grants
  1. Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  2. Students will be able to reason mathematically.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills.
  4. Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.
  5. Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.

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Degrees & Certificates

Pre-Biology Transfer Degree

Name: Pre-Biology Applied Science Transfer Degree
Total Credits:
97-107+
Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Students will be able to reason mathematically.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills.
  • Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.
  • Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
CHEM& 161-General Chemistry I 5
ENGL& 101-Composition I 5
MATH& 141-Pre-Calculus I 5

Course Credits
CHEM& 162-General Chemistry II 5
ENGL& 235-Technical Writing or other advisor approved elective 5
MATH& 142-Pre Calculus II 5

Course Credits
CHEM& 163-General Chemistry III 5
MATH& 146- Introduction to Statistics (if needed) 5
Approved HU/SS 5
PEH 1-3

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
BIOL& 221-Majors Ecology/Evolution 5
MATH& 151-Calculus I 5
Advisor Approved HU/SS 5

Course Credits
BIOL& 222-Major Cell/Molecular 5
MATH& 152-Calculus II 5
Approved HU/SS 5

Course Credits
BIOL& 223-Majors organismal Physiology 5
MATH& 163-Calculus III 5
Additional HU/SS toward DTA or other advisor approved elective  

*This is an example plan

Biological Science Contact
Biological Science Faculty/Staff
Mariah Whitney

Whitney, Mariah

Senior Tenured Biology Faculty
mariahw@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2149
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Welch, Christy

Tenured Biology Faculty
christyw@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2156
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Calip, Theresa

Tenured Biology Faculty
theresac@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2148
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Marion, Brian

Senior Associate Earth Sciences Faculty
brianm@bigbend.edu
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Odegard, Laurie

Associate Biology Faculty
laurieo@bigbend.edu
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Hunt, Tanner

Associate Biology Faculty
tannerh@bigbend.edu
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Keefe, AJ

Associate Chemistry/Biology Faculty
ajk@bigbend.edu
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