The Biology Department seeks to provide training in a Christian environment needed to prepare students for careers in elementary and secondary education, provide the background in biology necessary for other areas of study such as biochemistry and the exercise sciences, prepare students for professional programs in areas such as medicine and other health professions, and to prepare students to enter graduate studies in the biological sciences and to enter positions in industry.
There are two degrees available within the Biology Department: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in biological sciences.
The B.S. program provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment, post-baccalaureate study in graduate school, professions such as medicine, and other health professions, and for work in natural resource management. A Biology major considering graduate or professional school should confer with a Biology advisor to plan a program to meet the student’s needs for entrance into such a school or profession. In addition, it is strongly recommended that the student meet with the Pre-Med advisor to make sure that the student is aware of the additional requirements imposed by the Pre-Med Committee.
The B.S. program provides undergraduate preparation for technical employment, post-baccalaureate study in graduate school, professions such as medicine, and other health professions, and for work in natural resource management.
The Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of biology with another field.This program is designed to provide greater flexibility than the B.S. in meeting broad student interests which include pursuing a double major or preparation for a post-graduate physician assistant and nursing programs.
A minor in Biology is comprised of 20 units of any Biology (BIOL) courses with a minimum of 12 units taken at Vanguard.
Itzel Calleja-Macias, PhD
Siaumin Fung, PhD
Cecil Miller, PhD
Roxanna Ochoa Hernandez. PhD
Tara Sirvent, PhD
This course is designed to study cancer from both a cellular and a clinical perspective. Characteristics of aberrant cell growth, proliferation and metastasis will be studied with a focus on the genetic charges that occur in cancer cells. Clinical aspects of cancer that will be discussed will include the classification, carcinogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cancer.
Coastal Ecology examines the ecological processes at the interface between land and sea in order to provide an understanding of the coastal environmental, how terrestrial and marine systems are intricately connected, and how human activities can impact both. Much of the course consists of local field trips in coastal and marine environments and in particular a week-long field trip usually during spring break. Course will fulfill CORE Curriculum science requirement. Lab fee. Lab fee covers lab project materials, food, transportation, and accommodation during the week-long trip. Any special diet or physical accommodations must be approved by the instructor prior to enrollment.
Co-requisite: BIOL432L Neuroscience Lab. The study of the nervous system from the cellular physiology of the neuron to complex structure and function of the central nervous system. Emphasis will be given to the cellular neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. This course will give an excellent foundation for understanding the brain and the nervous system. Students will critically read and discuss the scientific literature and learn to critically evaluate experimental neuroscience. Lecture three hours. Laboratory course designed to complement BIOL432. Lab is three hours. Lab fee