Our Life Science Program includes biology,microbiology,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 â€“ 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.
Biology Classes Offered at the El Camino College Compton Center
Fundamentals of Biology
This course is a survey of all living things: Prokaryotes, protists,fungi plants,and animals.Basic principles of structure,function, and relationships of living organisms are discussed with special reference to humans.
Principles of Biology I
This course is a survey of eukaryotic organisms,their evolution and ecology.The student will have a thorough exposure to plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and will utilize animal dissection in the lab. Students will be expected to complete a project that includes hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, and presentation of results. This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors, including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences.
Principles of Biology II
This course offers a detailed study of eukaryotic cell anatomy,metabolism, and division, including the study of Mendelian genetics and the molecular genetics of eukaryotes. Prokaryotic cellular structure (eubacteria andarchaea), microbial genetics,and viruses are also studied.The scientific method is discussed in the lecture component and students implement elements of the process in various laboratory exercises.This course is one of three courses in the biology series designed for biology majors,including those students planning to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, or other life sciences.