The Biology department at GCC offers fundamental science courses.

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Biology Department

New Degree Program: Cell and Molecular Biology
Start summer 2016! GCC has partnered with Western New Mexico University (WNMU) to offer a Bachelor's in Cell and Molecular Biology. Learn more.

In brief, biology is the scientific study of living things -- a diverse spectrum of organisms ranging from bacteria to fungi, protozoans, algae, ferns, conifers, flowering plants, flat worms, nematodes, earthworms, insects, arachnids, crustaceans, starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins, jellyfish, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and mammals.

The field of biology is often divided into a variety of areas of specialization including the following. However, the lines between these disciplines is increasingly quite blurred -- techniques of study and information gathered about one area frequently shed light on others. This connectedness is a reflection of the unifying characteristics of life on Earth.

  • Zoology - study of animals (often further subdivided into fields like Entomology-study of insects, Ornithology-study of birds, Herpetology-study of amphibians and reptiles)
  • Botany - study of plants
  • Microbiology - study of bacteria and other microbes
  • Ecology - study of the interactions between living things and the environment
  • Evolutionary Biology - study of changes in organisms over time
  • Developmental Biology - study of embryonic changes that grow and organize the cells derived from a zygote into a fully formed organism
  • Cell Biology - study of the structure and function of the smallest units of life
  • Molecular Biology - study of molecular basis of life, including the chemical reactions of metabolism, the enzymes that control those reactions, the heritable genetic information encoded in DNA, and the nature of gene expression.
  • Genetics - study of inherited physical and biochemical traits and the frequency of those traits in populations
  • Virology - study of viruses and prions

Careers in Biology

Biologists are teachers, researchers, and health care professionals. Other careers for those with a biology background include science writing, patent law, science/health policy, biotech industry management and eco-tourism. With a bachelor's degree in biology students can expect to teach high school science, work as an entry-level technician. With a master's degree students can pursue college-level teaching and mid-level technical jobs.

Why Study Biology at GCC?

With small class sizes and hands-on instruction by faculty who are experts in their fields, your introduction to biology will build a strong foundation that will serve you through the rest of your science courses.

GCC students put knowledge into practice. They get their hands dirty in the GCC garden, watch life grow in the greenhouse and study our environmental impact. Learn more about the Environmental club.

Search courses in the Maricopa Center for Curriculum & Transfer Articulation (CCTA) to see complete course competencies. 

BIO Courses

Coursesort descending Course Name
BIO 101 Introduction to Human Genetics
BIO 102 Cells to Systems: An Introduction to Biology for Non-Majors
BIO 105 Environmental Biology
BIO 145 Marine Biology
BIO 149AL Field Biology: Ecological and Environmental Field Experience
BIO 156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health
BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 173 Instrumentation and Lab Math
BIO 175 Research Methods in Biology
BIO 181 General Biology (Majors) I


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Room: LS-260
Phone: (623) 845-3612