The Biology Program promotes scientific literacy and analytical reasoning among our students.  This prepares them for successful completion of dental hygiene, nursing, radiologic science, or veterinary technology programs, degrees at transfer institutions, and for participating in personal, cultural, social and environmental decision making as an educated citizen.​​

The Biology Program at YVC has a variety of courses that students can choose to complete their Associate of Arts Degree or an Associate in Science Transfer.

Student Resources

Biology 109 Modules

Provides interactive practice in some of the more difficult areas of the Biology 109 course such as chemistry, biomolecules, cell transport, cellular respiration and resting membrane potential.

Visit 109 Modules

Biology 230 Modules

Provides interactive quizzes on the brain, integumentary system, and endocrine system (look for the "Other Quizzes" button in the upper right to switch between quizzes)

Visit 230 Modules

Histology Zoomer

Provides interactive practice and guided tutorials with real histology microscope slides like those used in Anatomy & Physiology courses

Visit Zoomer

What courses should I take?

The Biology Program at YVCC has a variety of courses that students can choose to complete their Associate of Arts Degree. 


For additional information on careers in this major, visit the Advising Center on the YVCC Yakima campus. Grandview students should contact a counselor for more information on the Washington Occupation Information System.

Schedule for Biology Majors

Schedule for Biology Majors
(Including Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, Pharmacy, Wildlife Biology, Microbiology, Physical Therapy, etc.)
Many biology and chemistry course are only offered once a year, so they must be taken in order.  We recommend the following sequence:
Year 1
CHEM 141/151 (preferred) OR
CHEM 109/110
CHEM 142/152
CHEM 209/210
CHEM 143/153
Year 2
BIOL 201
BIOL 211
BIOL 221
*Prior to beginning Chemistry 141, you must be eligible for Math& 141 or co-enrolled in Math 095.
*Prior to beginning BIOL 201, you must complete or co-enroll in CHEM 141/151 or CHEM 109/209.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you meet with a biology or chemistry advisor to determine which chemistry courses are needed for your desired career path.


  • Botanist

  • Dentist

  • Fisheries Biologist

  • Forensic Scientist

  • Geneticist

  • Laboratory Technician

  • Marine Biologist

  • Microbiologist

  • Molecular Biologist

  • Pharmacist

  • Physical Therapist  

  • Physician

  • Science Teacher  

  • Veterinarian

  • Wildlife Biologist