Biologists positively impact the future with rewarding careers in biotechnology, medicine, veterinary, pharmaceuticals, environmental science or research. They study living organisms to advance our understanding of life processes and our ability to solve human health problems by examining the relationship, development, anatomy and functions of all forms of life.  The IVC Health Sciences Program is dedicated to offering a quality program that will meet the lifelong learning needs of our students and prepare them for admission into allied health professional schools, or transfer to California State University, University of California or other 4 year institutions. 

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The primary mission of the Department of Health Sciences (HS), School of Life Sciences and Technologies (LST), is to provide a solid foundation for the student who wishes to pursue further study at the baccalaureate level and for those students planning to enter a pre-professional or professional program in health-related field such as nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, message therapy, nutritional therapy and dietician, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, dental assistant, optometry, and veterinary science.  Courses offered include topics in biochemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, and biotechnology.  Students who complete an appropriate pathway in Health Sciences may earn an Associate in Science, the Biotechnology-Lab Assistant Certificate of Achievement, or the Biotechnology Biomanufacturing Technician Certificate of Proficiency. 

Program Length

Four semesters.

Transfer Options

We offer two different biology majors course sequences that articulate to most of our transfer institutions. Additionally, nearly all of our courses articulate successfully fulfilling the Life Sciences requirement. Our students transfer to UCI, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, UCR, UCSB, UCSD, Berkeley, Cal State Long Beach and many other 4 year institutions.

Program Specific Support

The Student Success Center offers tutoring for Life Sciences courses.  Lab space, equipment, models, and lab technicians provide support for a collaborative and immersive academic experience.  

Your Support Team

Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIOT 70Introduction to Biotechnology3
BIOT 70LIntroduction to Biotechnology Laboratory1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIO 10Biochemistry for Health Sciences4
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIOT 273Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills (Summer Only)4
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIOT 70Introduction to Biotechnology3
BIOT 70LIntroduction to Biotechnology Laboratory1
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIOT 274Biotechnology B: Proteins4
BIOT 276Quality and Regulatory Complicance in Bioscience2
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
BIOT 273Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills (Summer Only)4
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10 or PSYC 10Introduction to Statistics or Statistical Methods in Behavioral Sciences1C & Major3
BIO 10 or CHEM 4Biochemistry for Health Sciences or Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry2 & Major4-5
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communications/ThinkingCommunication/Analytical Thinking GE Course1B3-4
BIO 11Human Anatomy2& Major4
HLTH 5Introduction to Public Health 3 & Major3
CS 1 or CIM 107Introduction to Computer Systems or Introduction to Personal Computer Applications3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
BIO 15General Microbiology2 & Major5
PSYC 1 or SOC 1Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology 3 & Major3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
BIO 12Human Physiology2 & Major4
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • 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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