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Department of Biology

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​Welcome to SAC Biology

Welcome to the Santa Ana College Biology Department.   We offer an associate degree in biological science which prepares students for pre-professional careers and a curriculum in a four-year institution within a self-selected specialized content area such as zoology or microbiology.  The biologist is prepared to enter graduate or professional programs of study such as medicine, dentistry, agriculture, marine sciences, medical or biotechnology.   Many biological scientists work in research and development.  A number of students in the biology department enroll in anatomy, physiology and microbiology to complete pre-requisites for health career programs.  For transfer information to California State University please see
The Biology Department is located on the second floor of Russell Hall (see map of campus).  Courses in the area of biology are rigorous and students are encouraged to study 2 hours for every in-class hour.

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Russell Hall, R-103 
Phone:   714-564-6600
Department Chair: 
Dr. Patty Oertel


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Partial funding for this website was provided by the National Science Foundation under award No. 757113










Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: