Welcome to the Biology Department at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.

(We were formally the Life Sciences Department. We changed our name in July, 2017.)

Important announcements: Associated with the department name change, ZOO 200 (Anatomy), ZOO 203 (Physiology), MICRO 200 (Microbiology), and some other department courses have also undergone name changes. The table below shows the new names for Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology; changes for all department courses can be found here.

Old Name New Name
ZOO 200 BIOL 210
ZOO 203 BIOL 211
MICR 200 BIOL 212



The course name changes are already seen in the 2017/2018 catalog (both print and online versions) and for class searches in eServices.  However, the printed schedule for fall 2017 still has Anatomy as ZOO 200, Physiology as ZOO 203, Microbiology as MICR 200, as well as the old names for all other Life Science courses that have changed.


Please explore the menu to the left for information about who we are and what we do, and check out the menus on the right for links to teaching resources, info about excellent books, and the latest in biological research; at the bottom right of the page are instructions for subscribing to these posts.

 “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” Charles Darwin

And yes, we are always evolving…

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