Biology - Career Guide

Program overview at COS

The field of biological sciences includes the college majors of Biology, Botany, and Zoology. Persons in the biological or life sciences career field do research and conduct experiments to find out more about plants, animals, and other living things. Some study methods of producing better characteristics of plants or animals; some work to find ways to preserve the natural balance in nature. Others conduct research to improve medicine, health, and living conditions for human beings. These jobs are found in business and industry, government agencies, universities, and hospitals. The employment outlook varies by specialty.

Biology Courses at COS

College of the Siskiyous offers a wide variety of courses in the biological sciences. Consult the current COS catalog or this page that describes these courses.

Some Related Job Titles

Agricultural Inspector
Aquatic Biologist
Biological Technician
Conservation Officer
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Educator
Horticulturist, Plant Geneticist
Industrial Hygenist
Laboratory Technician
Marine Biologist
Museum Curator
Pharmaceutical Representative
Plant Pathologist
Research Analyst
Science Teacher
Technical Writer
Water Quality Biologist

Sample Employers

Business and Industry: Environmental and Ecological Services, Plant Genetics Companies, Environmental Education and Nature Centers, Medical Laboratories, Medical Equipment Suppliers, Biological Suppliers, Testing Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment Suppliers, Biological Suppliers, Veterinarians, Hunting and Fishing Preservess, Resorts, Fishing Parties, Zoos, and Aquariums.

Federal Government: Army Corps of Engineers, Veterans Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Health & Human Services, Bureau of Land Management, Plant Protection & Quarantine Service, Food & Drug Administration, Department of Energy, Public Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Agricultural Research Service, Bureau of Consumer Protection, National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service.

State, County, and Local Government: Agricultural Commissioner, Agricultural Extension, Food & Agriculture Department, Animal Control, California Conservation Corps, California Environmental Protection Agency, Coastal Commission, Colleges and Universities, Conservation Department, Fish & Game, Forestry & Fire Protection, Health Services, Parks & Recreation, Pesticide Regulation, Resources Agency, Toxic Substances Control, Water Quality Control Board, Water Resources.

How to Prepare

Occupations in the biological sciences usually call for education and/or training ranging from four years to more than ten years. Important academic courses include algebra, geometry, advanced math, chemistry, and physics. Technical writing and composition courses are helpful. A bachelor's degree with a major in biology or another life science is generally required; graduate degrees are needed for most research work and college teaching.

COS Resources

College of the Siskiyous has many resources available to explore and achieve your career choice. The following departments are at your service:

Career Center (530) 938-5308(530) 938-5308

  • EUREKA-A computerized career information system that is an excellant source of current occupational information for all career fields.
  • Guide for Occupational Exploration (GOE)-Has additional information about this and other fields and related occupations.

Counseling Services (530) 938-5353(530) 938-5353

  • A listing of Advisors and other resourced for your major.
  • Career & School information files.
  • Career Guidance Classes

Job Links

Further Information

If you would like more information, a COS catalog, or a semester schedule, please utilize our
Request for Information form.


Biology Department
Phone: (530) 938-5250(530) 938-5250
Email: Biology