General Description

Biology is a natural science that studies living organisms in terms of their structure, function and evolution. The courses offered by the Biology department at Southwestern College cover the general principles that apply to most living organisms as well as the characteristics and processes that are specific to individual organisms. Subjects studied in these courses include: cell and molecular biology, the biology of plants and animals, microbiology, human physiology, human anatomy and many more. Southwestern College’s students have the advantage of being able to take the specific courses they need to reach their personal goals.

Biology Career Options

Southwestern College offers classes that help prepare students for numerous careers in Biology. For more information about careers in Biology, please visit the American Institute of Biological Sciences website at:

Courses offered:

Biology for Transfer and General Interest

  • Principles of Biology (BIOL 100) 
  • Principles of Biology Laboratory (BIOL 101) 
  • Animal Biology: A Behavioral Approach (BIOL 130) 
  • Animal Biology Laboratory (BIOL 131) 
  • Environmental Biology (BIOL 140) 
  • Marine Biology (BIOL 160) 
  • Marine Biology Laboratory (BIOL 161) 
  • Human Heredity, Evolution and Society (BIOL 180) 
  • Biology of Alcohol and Other Drugs (BIOL 185)

Biology for Majors

  • General Zoology (BIOL 210) 
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 211) 
  • Biology of Plants (BIOL 212)

Biology for Allied Health

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 190) 
  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 260) 
  • Principles of Human Physiology (BIOL 261) 
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 265)


  • DNA Science I (BIOL 205) 
  • DNA Science II (BIOL 206) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research I (BIOL 229) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research II (BIOL 230)

Department Chair

Margie Stinson, M.S.
Phone: (619) 421-6700, ext. 5324 | Office: 314A


Instructional Laboratory Technicians