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Learn more about the wonders of the living world...

Biology, broadly speaking, covers an impressive spectrum of ideas related to the study of living organisms on Earth. It encompasses the study of the very small and the unseen (bacteria, viruses, cells, cellular metabolism, etc.) and the very large (animals, plants, biomes, ecosystems, habitats, and more). Specialized areas of study include an organism's morphology (how its organized and put together), its physiology and anatomy (how the myriad number of intricate parts work together or separately), individual and collective behavior (why do certain organisms migrate and others don't? Why do some organisms live in packs or herds and others individually?), origin (where it came from), and distribution (where it's found).

Biology Faculty & Staff

Name Speciality or Interest Email Office Phone (928)
Joann Chang Science Division Chair AS 117 344-7665
Regina Abraham Administrative Secretary AS 116 344-7656
vacant Senior Secretary (Part-time)  AS 116 344-7598  
Brenda Jaleel Senior Secretary (Part-time)  AS 116 344-7598  
Jose Ipina Biology Lab Technician AS205a 344-7654
Joann Chang Microbiology AS 117 344-7665
Zoe Hawk Microbiology AS 130 344-7653
John King Natural history, Orinthology [birds] AS 134 344-7658
Marlie Meza Biology AS 132 344-7705
Matthew Smith Entomology (insect behavior) AS-133 317-7105
Cecilia Vigil Bat ecology, Veterinary medicine AS 125 344-7555
Theresa Dehne Biology AS 131 317-6087
Dan Davis Biology AS 122 317-6474
Anita Smith Entomology (insect behavior) AS 133 317-7635

To view and download the course syllabi for biology courses (BIO course prefix) offered at AWC click here. Also, AWC offers an Associates in Science (A.S.) degree in Biology. Click here to view and download the check sheet of courses required for this transfer degree.

To view the biology courses offered for the 2015 Fall semester click here to link to the AWC online course offerings website.

To find out what AWC biology courses transfer to Arizona state public universities click here to access the AZ Course Equivalency Guide.

biology laboratory videos

Microscope Basics How to Use a Microscope Proper Use of a Bunsen Burner

INteresting links

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The Nature Conservancy Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Birch Aquarium Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Monterey Bay Aquarium Scripps Research Institute
Institute for Redwood Ecology The Genographic Project (National Geographic)
Exploring Arizona's Sky Islands National Human Genome Research Institute

biology video links

Science faculty have created "in-house" videos to supplement lecture material. To watch these videos click here to access the AWC Streaming Video Server. The videos are listed by the date they were uplaoded to the server. Use the SEARCH tool in the upper right portion of the screen. A good starting point is to type in 'biology'.


Numerous academic scholarships are available via the AWC Foundation and other organizations to help you realize your academic aspirations. To find out more about these scholarships, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and how to apply click on the links in the table below. 

AWC Foundation AWC Office of Financial Aid


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