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Our Life Science Program includes biologymicrobiology, anatomy and physiology. The Mission of the Life Science Program is to offer quality educational opportunities for students by providing courses that transfer to four-year institutions, offer associate degrees and certificate courses that meet general education requirements. 

Maintaining optimal academic standards, ensuring availability of academic & student support services, providing facilities to support teaching and learning, and supporting professional development for faculty are vital to our mission.

The Life Science Program fulfills three educational roles for students – providing general education options for non-majors, lower division courses for majors and preparing students for entry into the health field. The non-major biology enrollment will remain steady and even has the potential of expansion as the student population grows since most general education patterns require Life Science courses. The curriculum will be fairly stable as it represents the lower division requirements of Life Science majors and general education. The Health Sciences area is expected to expand to meet the needs of a growing demand for health care professionals. Our course offerings will continue to prepare students for careers in the allied health and other sectors.  

Anatomy Classes Offered at the El Camino College Compton Center

Anatomy 30 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology

 This course is the study of anatomy coupled with physiology. Students compare the structure and function of human organ systems to those of other vertebrates. The laboratory includes dissection of sheep brains and hearts, cow eyes and other vertebrates. Laboratory experiments reinforce principles of anatomy and the basic principles of chemistry, cell biology, histology, embryology, and genetics.


Anatomy 32 - General Human Anatomy

This in-depth course covers all eleven systems of the human body including related histology and pathology. The systems covered are skeletal, muscular, nervous, integument, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, urinary, endocrine, immune, and lymphatic. Models of the human body and dissection of higher vertebrates are emphasized in laboratory. This course is designed for science, health-related, pre-nursing (Bachelor of Science in nursing), and pre-professional majors.


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