The term “Allied health” encompasses a broad group of healthcare professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. The group also focuses on promoting disease prevention and wellness for optimum health.

SMCC’s Allied Health programs provide degrees and certificates in nutrition, exercise science and personal training. SMCC also offers foundational courses leading to careers in nursing, dentistry, pharmacology and medicine. The Maricopa system has other healthcare programs such as dental hygiene, radiology, nuclear medicine, laboratory services, surgical technology, patient care coordination and emergency medical services.



Do you want to be a doctor? Pharmacist? Or a Researcher? Is field work, studying cacti for example, your dream job?

If so, then SMCC’s biology majors program is right for you. We offer a variety of career pathways that will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to study science. Whether that pathway leads you to a career in medicine, science research or studying the environment our faculty are specialized in ensuring that you are ready to transition into the next phase of your academic journey.

Studying biology gives you the skills and opportunities to advance human knowledge and understanding in today’s world, in order to make a difference in tomorrow’s world. You can work in a laboratory, the field, ocean, zoo, classroom, or industry of your choice and make a contribution to the world as a biologist.

The class you take as a biology major will also help you find the answers to some of life’s greatest mysteries:

How can you clone an organism?

  • Why do we breathe oxygen?
  • How do bacterial cells make human insulin?
  • What makes an organism a predator or prey?
  • How do organisms evolve?

For more information or you can reach out to the Biology Majors Program coordinator Dr. Yvette Espinosa (

Are you interested in the living world? South Mountain Community College offers engaging introductory biology courses for non-majors that can help you explore your curiosity while meeting laboratory science course requirements. These courses build important analytical skills and improve students’ understanding of science. They can also serve as a stepping-stone to more advanced coursework, if you decide you want to pursue a career in a biology-related discipline.