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About Us

The organismal diversity on our planet is immense, and biologists study these organisms and their interactions with each other and the environment from a wide variety of perspectives.  Whether you want to become a microbiologist, a marine mammalogist, a forest ecologist, or a physician, College of the Redwoods provides the solid foundation in math, chemistry, physics, cell biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology that you’ll need to transfer and succeed in a life science major at a four-year school.

Transfer Opportunities

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer at College of the Redwoods prepares students to pursue seamlessly a bachelor’s degree at a CSU.

Life science majors include:

  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Environmental Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Pre-Med
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Fisheries
  • Genetics

For the full list of CSUs accepting this transfer degree, check out

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How We Rate

“CR was the perfect place to begin an education in biology. The faculty are motivated and inspiring and connected to an amazing scientific community in Humboldt county and beyond. Learning extends beyond the classroom into the field. I found that my education was much more meaningful  when I could see scientific processes happening all around me!”

—Nalani Ludington
Humboldt State University, B.S. Zoology, 2013
Master’s candidate in Wildlife

“The science program at CR was a turning point in my academic and professional career. The strong scientific foundations I built in chemistry, zoology, botany, and math gave me a noticeable advantage in my classes at HSU where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology. Furthermore, the  skill and dedication of the professors at CR has inspired me to pursue a career in science education.”

— Lena Pine-Campbell
Humboldt State University, B.S. Biology, 2014

“I developed a strong fundamental understanding of science at CR taking chemistry, botany, zoology, and more before transferring to HSU and graduating with honors with degrees in both botany and ecology. The knowledgeable, passionate CR science faculty provided a critical stepping stone to my ongoing academic pursuits.”

—Bobby Shearer
Humboldt State University, B.S. Botany, B.S. Ecology, 2015

Karen Zich Reiss

Karen Zich Reiss

"Students sometimes tell me that I teach them how to see, and once they start seeing they ask questions, and I help them develop the language, concepts, and skills to focus their questions and get meaningful answers."

Maria Morrow

Maria Morrow

"Learning is about exploration. We should all be amazed at every waking moment at how bizarre and beautiful this planet is! I want my students to be able to think of and explore scientific questions to better understand the world around them."

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Division Information

Math and Sciences Division

 Peter Blakemore, Dean

 Brynn Allen, Administrative Secretary

 MS Division Office, Science 100

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