Interest Area

Life Sciences & Technologies

Learn about life in all its forms and how it has changed over the Earth’s history in the School of Life Sciences and Technologies. Come explore all levels of life sciences in hands on learning activities, including ecosystem explorations in our field courses, hands on specimen dissections, culturing and analyzing microbes, and DNA and protein isolation just to name a few. Master the scientific method as you investigate topics including cellular, molecular and organismal biology, ecology and evolution, health sciences, biotechnology, and environmental studies. We encourage students explore their interests in biology and health sciences and to learn of the many potential career paths in the field. Students who complete an area of study in life sciences may satisfy prerequisites for health-related programs such as nursing, meet graduation requirements at prospective transfer institutions, or complete the Associate in Science degree with a major in biology, health sciences, or environmental studies.

Programs

Biological Sciences

UC TransferCSU TransferAS

Health Sciences

ASCOACOP
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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$44,589

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
  • Master's Degree
  • 49%
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Median Salary

$54,607

Job Growth

+45%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
  • Master's Degree
  • 26%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 59%
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Median Salary

$170,101

Job Growth

+15%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 91%
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Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Median Salary

$128,333

Job Growth

+24%

Education

  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 15%
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Median Salary

$103,953

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 60%
  • Master's Degree
  • 16%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 20%
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Median Salary

$85,897

Job Growth

+25%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 25%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 65%
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Median Salary

$173,805

Job Growth

-2%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 3%
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Biofuels Processing Technicians

Median Salary

$61,121

Job Growth

1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 73%
  • Certificate
  • 18%
  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
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Median Salary

$105,857

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 19%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 15%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
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Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 34%
  • Master's Degree
  • 20%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 46%
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Median Salary

$51,613

Job Growth

-46%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 53%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 6%
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Median Salary

$46,615

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Some College
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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-6%

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  • 43%
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  • 57%
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$85,777

Job Growth

-24%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 13%
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$95,769

Job Growth

+6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 80%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
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Median Salary

$110,106

Job Growth

-9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 82%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 9%
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Median Salary

$45,618

Job Growth

0%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 22%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 50%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 26%
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Median Salary

$69,521

Job Growth

+3%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 88%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
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$185,975

Job Growth

-5%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 62%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
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Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 82%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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Median Salary

$95,769

Job Growth

+6%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 90%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Median Salary

$162,212

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 8%
  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 56%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 8%
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Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 23%
  • Certificate
  • 27%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 36%
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Median Salary

$58,811

Job Growth

-13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 74%
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Median Salary

$81,261

Job Growth

+9%

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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 95%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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+29%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Median Salary

$110,122

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-19%

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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 73%
  • Master's Degree
  • 27%
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$93,390

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+7%

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  • Master's Degree
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$46,342

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 64%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 5%
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Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 70%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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+16%

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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7%
  • Master's Degree
  • 63%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 30%
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Job Growth

-6%

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  • 35%
  • Certificate
  • 13%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 13%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 17%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
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+14%

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  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 65%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
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  • 26%
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Median Salary

$90,143

Job Growth

+15%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 7%
  • Some College
  • 39%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 39%
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$30,975

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 2%
  • Some College
  • 12%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 58%
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Median Salary

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-6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 87%
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Median Salary

$75,992

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-16%

Education

  • Some College
  • 10%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
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Median Salary

$75,992

Job Growth

-16%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 6%
  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 29%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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Median Salary

$106,046

Job Growth

-11%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 41%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 16%
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+21%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 52%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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+7%

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  • 21%
  • Master's Degree
  • 54%
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  • 25%
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$113,375

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-72%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 38%
  • Master's Degree
  • 33%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 24%
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Median Salary

$59,068

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Some College
  • 1%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 30%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Median Salary

$107,897

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5%
  • Master's Degree
  • 20%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 74%
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Median Salary

$93,047

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 65%
  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 13%
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Median Salary

$137,987

Job Growth

+54%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 96%
  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
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Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
  • Master's Degree
  • 13%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 52%
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Median Salary

$45,068

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 20%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 24%
  • Master's Degree
  • 47%
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Median Salary

$162,212

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 33%
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Median Salary

$140,903

Job Growth

+51%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 89%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
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Median Salary

$115,254

Job Growth

-33%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 31%
  • Certificate
  • 18%
  • Some College
  • 8%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 37%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 6%
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Median Salary

$115,254

Job Growth

-33%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 27%
  • Certificate
  • 17%
  • Some College
  • 11%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 29%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 16%
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Median Salary

$35,279

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 61%
  • Certificate
  • 9%
  • Some College
  • 15%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Median Salary

$55,447

Job Growth

+4%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 95%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Median Salary

$139,800

Job Growth

+11%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 8%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 72%
  • Master's Degree
  • 21%
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Median Salary

$105,731

Job Growth

-1%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4%
  • Master's Degree
  • 8%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 88%
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Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 87%
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Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 57%
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Median Salary

$52,263

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 47%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 23%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
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Median Salary

$88,561

Job Growth

-17%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 67%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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Median Salary

$61,142

Job Growth

+16%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
  • Master's Degree
  • 26%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 59%
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Soil and Water Conservationists

Median Salary

$55,447

Job Growth

+4%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 67%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
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Median Salary

$47,262

Job Growth

+34%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 68%
  • Certificate
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 16%
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Median Salary

$90,571

Job Growth

-36%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 6%
  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Some College
  • 38%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 41%
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Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 39%
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Median Salary

$79,665

Job Growth

+1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 42%
  • Certificate
  • 25%
  • Some College
  • 21%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 13%
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Median Salary

$162,212

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 50%
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Median Salary

$85,531

Job Growth

+2%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 47%
  • Master's Degree
  • 39%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 13%
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