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Biology

If you enjoy science and are curious about how living things work, consider studying biology.   

In this program, you’ll learn about life on Earth and how it forms, functions, evolves and interacts. Courses explore topics like evolution, genetics and the cellular process in microorganisms, plants and animals. You’ll also learn about the scientific method and gain hands-on experiences in the lab. Most of our biology students continue their education by transferring to a four-year college or university at a junior standing.

Whether you want a career in science education, zoology, botany, wildlife, ecology, microbiology or biotechnology—or you plan to apply your biology degree toward a future in medicine, nursing or other allied health profession—this program is an excellent start.

SFCC is a MESA College

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SFCC offers extra support and career development to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math programs through MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement).

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. No matter what level of math you’re starting with, you will have support all along your journey. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals. We have a place for you!

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
MATH& 151
Calculus I
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 222
Majors Cell/Molecular: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 161
General Chemistry w/Lab I
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 221
Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab
5
BIOL& 223
Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 162
General Chemistry w/Lab II
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 226
Gender Communication
5
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 221
Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab
5
BIOL& 223
Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 163
General Chemistry w/Lab III
5
Choose 1 course from:
HIST& 214
Pacific Northwest History
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
GEOG& 102
World Regional Geography
5
HIST& 214
Pacific Northwest History
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 222
Majors Cell/Molecular: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 161
General Chemistry w/Lab I
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL 110
Insects and People
5
BIOL& 241
Human A & P 1
5
BOT 130
Mycology
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
PE 138
Fundamentals of Resistance Training
2
Choose 1 course from:
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 221
Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab
5
BIOL& 223
Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 162
General Chemistry w/Lab II
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 241
Human A & P 1
5
BIOL& 260
Microbiology
5
BOT 112
Survey of the Plant Kingdom
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 221
Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab
5
BIOL& 223
Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab
5
CHEM& 163
General Chemistry w/Lab III
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
To see the requirements for the AA-DTA/MRP in Business, click here, then scroll down to Direct Transfer Agreements/Major Related Programs and click on the Associate in Biology DTA/MRP.

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  • International

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  • Avg. Books

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  • Institutional Fees

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These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Thayne Lacy

Department Chair
Thayne.Lacy@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-4165
Building 28, room 206

Rudy Morrow

Administrative Assistant, STEM
Rudy.Morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-4321
Building 28, room 123