Biology at Fresno City College is a learner-centered community of students, faculty, and staff working to advance our understanding and awareness of the biological world. Our program offers a wide variety of courses to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and various allied-health certificate programs.

The most common reasons for taking biology classes at FCC are:

  • The student is planning a career in healthcare and needs to take the required classes before applying to programs such as nursing, dental hygiene, radiology technology, respiratory care, physical therapy etc.
  • The student needs a biology class as part of their general education (GE) requirement.
  • The student is a biology major planning to take a series of classes to complete their Associate in Science (AS) degree and/or transfer to a 4-year college or university.


The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Biology (F.6082.AS-T)

The ADT in Biology is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a California State University (CSU) baccalaureate program in the biological sciences. This program may also prepare students for transfer to University of California (UC) biology programs, depending on the UC.

The Biology ADT is intended for:

  • Biology Majors
  • Pre-medical
  • Pre-veterinarian
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Clinical lab science majors

The Associate Degree (AS) in Biology (F.6082.AS)

The Associate Degree (AS) in Biology is designed for students transferring into a number of fields in the Life Sciences. Depending on the coursework taken, the AS in Biology may provide pre-requisite fulfillment for entry into the Biological Sciences, Allied Health fields in addition to the fulfillment of general education requirements for students transferring to a four-year institution.

The Biology AS is intended for:

  • Biology Majors
  • Pre-allied Health Majors
  • General Education Requirement

The Field Biologist Certificate

The Field Biologist Certificate is a designed to provide students with education and training in various aspects of field biology in preparation for entry level positions in resource management, environmental consulting and field based academic research. This program also provides for continuing education and field-based opportunities for students who are biological science majors.

The Field Biologist Certificate is intended for:

  • Biology Majors (Evolution/Ecology)
  • Future Natural Resource Managers
  • Field Researchers
  • Outdoor Education and Recreation Majors

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Contact biology transfer counselor Jack Yang to help you schedule the right classes and develop your educational plan. To learn more about the biology program, contact Susan Mac Leod, Biology Department Chair.

For additional transfer guidance, also see

Courses and Information

To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes