Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

College of Science 2015

The following courses are for the Biochemistry/Biophysics, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, and Zoology Majors. There are other majors in the college of science; please refer to the website above for course information for those majors.

Bachelor of Science

General Education

Transfer Equivalency website

Transfer guides for Chemistry & Biochemistry/Biophysics, Biology & Zoology, Microbiology & BioHealth Science, and Physics & Mathematics majors.


Biochemistry/Biophysics- Biochemists and biophysicists use the methods of physical science to study life processes at a fundamental level. Biochemists and biophysicists carry out both basic and applied research. Research biochemists ask questions like the following: How is information transmitted to direct cellular functions? What controls the expression of genes, to account for cellular differentiation? How do cells convert chemical energy, in the form of nutrients, to mechanical energy (as in muscle contraction), or electrical energy (as in nerve conduction)? How do organisms protect themselves, against environmental toxins and pollutants, or against infectious agents? How do hormones act, to control cell growth and differentiation? What are the molecular events in the processes of aging and cancer formation?

Biology- Issues and advances in areas such as biotechnology, environmental science, medicine and other fields continually emphasize the importance of biology and biologists in the future of our country and the world. The Biology Program prepares students for diverse fields through broad, interdisciplinary training in the life sciences. Faculty teaching, research and mentoring expertise are drawn from the OSU Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Botany and Plant Pathology, Microbiology, and Zoology.

Environmental Sciences- Today, scientists must be trained to assess problems and provide potential solutions from scientific perspectives when faced with environmental issues, to predict environmental change, and to participate in responsible management of the environment. To help reach these objectives, OSU's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem solving.  As an Environmental Sciences major, you will: Study an interdisciplinary curriculum in basic science, the humanities and social sciences; acquire a depth of knowledge in an area of specialization related to environmental sciences, typically by completing an approved relevant Option, Minor, or Certificate; learn about complex environmental issues, such as global warming, conservation, sustainability, and pollution; obtain excellent training for a variety of career choices, including work with federal agencies, industry and education.

Microbiology- The Microbiology Department at Oregon State University is over 100 years old. The field of Microbiology is relevant to every day life. Majoring in microbiology can position you for a fulfilling career and prepare you for graduate or professional studies such as medical, dental or pharmacy school. The Microbiology Department conducts research and teaches courses in bacteriology, virology and parasitology, covering a broad spectrum from the molecular to the applied,from the laboratory to the field. A B.S. in Microbiology fulfills all requirements for pre-medicine. Graduates are well poised for application to professional programs (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary, ) and graduate school. There are career opportunities in many areas upon graduation, ranging from biotechnology to food microbiology. Applicable career specialties include work with infectious agents, environmental microbiology, biotechnology, molecular forensics. Some 95% of microbiology undergraduate and graduate students are employed in their field or enrolled in further studies within 3 months of graduation. Students have an automatic minor in chemistry.

Zoology- Just so you can browse our site with expert knowledge, better count the "o's". We are "zo"- ologists (as in "go zo") not "zoo"- ologists ("who?"). For you etymologists "zoo" actually is a mispronounced abbreviation for "zoological park" (zo -, Greek for alive; zoion an animal). "Zoology" is the study of animals, at all levels, from cells through populations. It is a subdivision of "Biology", which encompasses all life (animals, plants, fungi, microbes).  On this campus we slice biology "vertically" into departments representing groups of organisms (zoology, botany, etc.), but we also have a number of "horizontally" interactive groups and degree programs that unite the departments conceptually.


PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: January 2015