Biological Science Department

biological science department

Chair: Rick Gelinas
Horticulture    Tish Young, Ph.D
Nutrition    Helen DeMarco
Oceanography    John Freytag
Division:   Biological and Health Sciences
Directory: Biological Science Department faculty and staff

Possible career opportunities in biological science

Career options include: researcher, educator, laboratory technician, botanist, ecologist, and field technician.


Possible career opportunities in horticulture

Career choices in horticulture include: nursery technician, propagator, plant breeder, nursery manager, greenhouse grower, greenhouse manager, garden center manager, arborist/tree worker, landscape architect, landscape designer, grounds manager, landscape contractor, landscape maintenance contractor, golf course manager, and pest controller/advisor.


Possible career opportunities in nutrition

Nutrition courses begin to prepare students for careers in food science, dietetics, nursing, dental hygiene, restaurant management, and sports nutrition.


Possible career opportunities in oceanography

Oceanographers are employed as researchers and/or educators by public and private research institutions, universities and colleges. Careers include laboratory or field technicians, water monitoring specialists, environmental protection workers, consultants, natural resource managers and sometimes careers working with marine animals at aquariums, theme parks, or research facilities. Most career options require more than two years of college study.


Associate degree and certificate program information

Degrees and certificates offered by the Biological Sciences Department

Associate in science degrees

  • Allied health (BIOSC)
  • Biology (BIOSC)
  • Life science (BIOSC)
  • Natural science (BIOSC)


Certificates of achievement

  • Arboriculture (HORT)
  • Allied health (BIOSC)
  • Allied health fundamentals (BIOSC)
  • Horticulture foundations (HORT)
  • Landscape construction and management (HORT)
  • Landscape architecture and design I (HORT)
  • Landscape architecture and design II (HORT)
  • Nursery level I - Retail (HORT)
  • Nursery level II - Wholesale (HORT)


Biological Science Department class schedules


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Welcome to the DVC Biology Department

Biology is the study of life from a molecular to an ecological perspective-the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, metabolism, evolution and interrelationships. Career opportunities include environmental biology, biotechnology, the health sciences, education and agriculture. Classes are much smaller than first and second year university courses and there is more opportunity for one-on-one teacher and/or tutor meetings. DVC is one of the leading transfer institutions in the country, and the biology department courses are transferable to UC and state universities. You can check the transferability of DVC courses here. We also offer prerequisite courses for nursing, dental hygiene, dental assisting, dental technology, respiratory therapy and other programs.

The department offers a wide range of courses, including:
general and molecular biology and nature study
marine biology

Horticulture offers a variety of courses ranging from basic horticulture to plant propagation and landscaping.

Nutrition offers courses from general nutrition (prerequisite for many health-related programs such as nursing) and sports nutrition.

Oceanography offers courses in the biological and physical aspects of the oceans.

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