The Biology Department offers a diverse collection of courses for biology majors, non-majors and allied health students.

For the biology major, we offer the introductory series of biology courses required by all major universities as well as Molecular Biology and Genetics. Please see the Cypress College Schedule of Classes for a flow chart on the courses biology major students should be taking.

For general education students we offer both general biology and marine biology courses with a lab, Biology 101 and 122, as well as a few non-lab options: human biology, environmental biology and nutrition. Any of our anatomy and physiology courses can also be taken to fulfill general education requirements for life science with a lab.

Our anatomy, physiology and microbiology courses are primarily focused toward the allied health programs here at Cypress College. They are all transferable as general education courses. As prerequisites to health science programs such as nursing and pharmacy, they are transferable to select universities and programs outside of our school. The counseling department here at Cypress College can help you determine if a particular course will satisfy a prerequisite to a particular program outside of Cypress College.

If you wish to contact a particular faculty member, you may call the SEM division office at (714) 484-7153 and the office staff can connect you. You may also contact faculty via email. Email addresses consist of the first initial and last name with no space, followed by

Biology department faculty do try to get back to student emails as quickly as possible during the semester, but may not respond to phone or email messages when school is not in session.

A list of biology faculty can be found below. Blue font will hyperlink to additional information for that particular instructor.



Taylor Anderson-McGill
Kalthoum Bayz
Sujata Chiplunkar
Joel Gober
Fumio Ogoshi
Michelle Palmisano
Adel Rajab
Tony Sanchez
Gary Shin
Dee Ann Sato, Coordinator
Stephanie Spooner


Wayne Chang
Khanichi Charles
Jason Chien
Anthony Cipriano
Stephanie Cocca
Chrystal Johnson
Edward Kim
Octavian Le
Ray Macias
Kriska Parda
Francisco Perez
Lakshmi Reddy
Hayley Smalls
Melinda Thomson

Biology Department

Location: SEM, Room 227
T: (714) 484-7000 ext. 48619