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Study the workings of tiny building blocks – cells and molecules – without which you would not be able to read this sentence. Or exist.

In Biology, you will learn how cells live and die, as well as how energy flows through living organisms. You’ll also get an understanding of how traits are inherited. And you will learn how to classify organisms on the evolutionary tree.

In Chemistry, you will learn the ways molecules come together to form chemicals, and the principles of general and organic chemistry. Ever heard the phrase “carbon-based life form” in a sci-fi movie? Our Chemistry classes will teach you what that means in real life.

You are a good fit for a career in Science if you like to identify and define a problem, form a potential solution, test its correctness and interpret test results – the elements of critical thinking. The ability to communicate effectively, in writing and person-to-person, also is important, as is a good grasp of mathematics.

With a bachelor’s or advanced degree, biologists and chemists work in a wide variety of areas, including environmental research, biochemistry, biophysics, agriculture, pharmaceutical development, materials science, or medicine.

Bee seen under microscope
Barcoding bees

Pima Biology students are helping the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum identify the many species of bees in southern Arizona. With help from the UA Entomology Department, Pima students prepare bee samples for DNA sequencing, then identify and classify the sequenced, or “barcoded,” samples. Our students have published 78 DNA sequences in a peer-reviewed database; 28 of those were new to science. In short, our students are pioneering new knowledge!

List of Degrees

AA - Associate of Arts  AS - Associate of Science


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Contact Information

Division of Sciences
Dean: 520.206.2180
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