Study the science of life

Biology: Learning about life.

Biology is the study of life and living matter. Become immersed in what makes living things tick from cells under a microscope to viruses spreading through our complex bodies, from insects in the rainforest to plants in a greenhouse. You’ll spend time studying about cells, organisms and genetics as well as hands-on work in lab-based research courses.

Studying biology at Columbia Basin College (CBC) increases your understanding of the natural world through thought-provoking instruction and research-based problem solving. You’ll learn to approach not only personal well-being but also issues of worldwide concern such as environmental resource depletion, threats to human health and the maintenance of abundant food supplies.

  • Start small. Live large.

    Biology is the study of the building blocks of life. From the smallest cells that make up every living thing to how those living things work together within ecosystems, you’ll learn fascinating information that will transform the way in which you understand the world around you.

  • One program. So many paths.

    Studying general biology at CBC is especially exciting because of all the directions in which you can head once you transfer to a four-year institution of your choice. Genetics, marine biology, biochemistry and evolutionary biology are just a few of the paths you can take after you build your strong general biology foundation here at CBC.

  • A biology degree is just the beginning.

    Many biology degree graduates choose to further their expertise and help their career progression by studying at a postgraduate level within a related field or specialization, but further study often isn’t necessary for many career options.


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Careers in Biology: Rewarding and Exciting!

Biology careers often help develop biological knowledge and understanding of living processes for a number of different purposes, including treatment of disease and sustaining the natural environment. People with a degree in biology can work in many different fields, including:

  • Research
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Environmental conservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic science
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General biology courses meet the entrance eligibility standards or support course requirements for other programs at CBC, including nursing, dental hygiene and the paramedic program. They also lay the foundation for science majors and pre-professional students, if you’re planning on taking upper-level biology courses at a four-year institution.



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