Welcome to Biological Sciences
The Biological Sciences curriculum provides the foundation for our majors: Biological Sciences, Bio-Medical Sciences and Natural History. Our two-year Associate in Arts Degrees are designed to provide the knowledge and skills for success before and after transfer to a four-year institution. Students who complete specialized one-year programs of study in Bio-Medical Sciences, Marine Science and Natural History can earn Biological Sciences Departmental Awards.
Our Biological Sciences Associate in Arts Degree provides preparation for transfer in such areas as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Zoology, Medical Technology and Pre-Medicine.
The Bio-Medical Sciences Emphasis: Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts provides a strong foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences.
The Natural History Associate in Arts Degree provides preparation for transfer in such areas as Natural History, Freshwater and Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Management. The Natural History A.A. can be completed fully online.
We offer specialized and general courses for all students, and support courses for medical technology and health services; recreation and nature interpretation; environmental studies; marine diving technology; and sports medicine. Many courses of a more general nature allow students to fulfill General Education and graduation requirements in Natural Sciences, while developing a biological perspective.
Our courses take advantage of the newest technology for delivery of information to students, while retaining the tradition of personalized instruction and small class sizes. Computers at every lab bench, a 30-station computer classroom and a seamless network with wireless access facilitates student learning through the use of computer tools and information from any Biological Sciences classroom, laboratory and tutor room.
Online instruction carries this concept off campus to our students in Santa Barbara and worldwide, through more than 11 fully online classes. The excitement of beginning a path to a meaningful profession in biology is enhanced by a completely integrated system for acquiring information from instructors who love biology and teaching.
Advances in biological knowledge are providing solutions to the most challenging problems in medicine, environmental resources, agriculture and human ecology. Employment opportunities continue to increase as knowledge grows in genetic engineering, embryonic development, learning and memory, aging, natural resource management and the regulation of populations.
Department Student Learning Outcomes
- Articulate the principles of evolutionary theory, the history of its development, and the role that evolution plays in the continuity and diversity of life.
- Communicate the unifying principles governing the organization of organisms, from molecules to populations.
- Explain and apply fundamental ecological principles, from populations to communities through ecosystems, and the geographical distribution of life on Earth.
- Summarize and illustrate an understanding of the development of the organism, from fertilization to the adult form.
- Compare and contrast organismal diversity and life histories, including nomenclature, taxonomy and systematics.
- Characterize fundamental metabolic pathways, describe bioenergetics, and relate the interdependence of these pathways.
- Demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of tissues, organs and organ systems, describing interrelationships and mechanisms of their integration to support the whole, functioning organism and the underlying causes of dysfunction.
- Describe and connect the role of DNA in regulating cell activity to its importance as the basis of inheritance, evolution and biotechnology.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the basic methods, instrumentation and quantitative analytical skills used to conduct biological research, including fundamental methods of microscopy, animal and plant dissection, and molecular and cellular biology.
- Produce original research reports and review papers in a standard scientific format based on laboratory, field experiments and literature searches that include critical quantitative and qualitative evaluation of data to effectively communicate results, interpretations and concepts.
Eric Wise, Chair (EBS-305, ext. 2517)
Susan Williams, Division Aide (EBS-213, ext. 2393)
Eric Wise and Blakely Barron, Faculty Advisers Biological Sciences
Larry Jon Friesen, Faculty Adviser, Natural History
Heather J. Rose, Faculty Adviser, Bio-Medical Sciences
Adam Green, Faculty Adviser, Environmental Studies
Chelsea O’Connell, Teachers’ Aide (EBS-212, ext. 2311
Cecilia Contreras, Senior Lab Tech. (EBS-218, ext. 2838)
Brett Leigh Dicks, Senior Lab Tech. (EBS-333, ext. 2319)
Samuel Hammond, Senior Lab Tech. (EBS-218, ext. 2327)
Joe Rivas, Instructional Computer Lab Coordinator (EBS-216, ext. 3499)
Faculty and Offices
Peter Aguilar (EBS-308, ext. 2515)
Blakely R. Barron (EBS-322, ext. 2444)
James P. Doohan (EBS-314, ext. 2330)
Robert H. Fischer (EBS-308, ext. 8780)
Larry Jon Friesen (EBS-324, ext. 2318)
Adam Green (EBS-323, ext. 2394)
Matthew C. Kay (EBS-307, ext. 5172)
Jennifer L. Maupin (EBS-321 ext. 2396)
Michelle Paddack (EBS-319 ext. 2328)
Heather J. Rose (EBS-320, ext. 2329)
Barry Tanowitz (EBS-306, ext. 2778)
Eric Wise (EBS-305, ext. 2517)