Physical and Biological Sciences Department at Columbia College

The Columbia College Department of Physical and Biological Sciences prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of scientific fields. Graduates use their understanding of biological, chemical, and natural systems to work in scientific research, health professions, forensic and environmental sciences.


Programs and experiences we offer

Students gain a foundational understanding of scientific concepts, laboratory research, and how information is communicated in the sciences.

Associate degrees

Choose a program to prepare you for a supporting role or bachelor's program.

Bachelor's degrees

Choose a degree that prepares you for a professional career in science.


Gain an edge in the workforce by adding a minor to your degree.


Department involvement

Get to know the department and your Columbia College Physical and Biological Science peers better.


Forensic Science Showcase Returning soon

Interested in Forensic Science? Come to the Forensic Science Showcase! Due to Covid-19 Columbia College has decided to hold a series of virtual Forensic Science Showcases.

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Dr. Peggy Wright

“It has been a challenge to address the many concerns from our diverse learning community, especially how to develop a program that works for all venues and for transfer students. The conversations about General Education and how we can provide all students with the skills they need to succeed in the world today have been a focus for me this past year.”
— Peggy Wright, Professor of Biology, Main Campus in Columbia, MO

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