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Scroll down to learn about how Biology is handling lab classes during the pandemic. Click on links for specific course information.

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The mission of the Biology Department includes providing: introductory courses that meet requirements for AA and AS degrees, transfer courses to four-year schools, prerequisites for professional schools (including programs for Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Radiology Technicians, Physician Assistant, Dental, Dental Hygiene,  Medical and Pharmacy), and courses geared toward Biomanufacturing (including two certificates and an AS degree). You can earn an AS in Science by taking your prerequisites for allied health or for transferring as a Biology Major. Click on Courses and Programs for more information

Interested in jobs in Biology? AboutBioscience is a good reference

Learn more about on how our department runs by Consensus Structure and our Code of Conduct (including our Community Agreements)

This New York Times article asks a question we ask to! Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?

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we are all in this together

At Laney, we care about your health along with the health of our faculty and staff. Therefore Laney College, as well as the other three Peralta Colleges, will be offering classes this summer and fall. However due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and recent shelter-in-place restrictions in effect in the surrounding Bay Area counties, we will be offering mostly online instruction, but will still have limited face-to-face instruction for laboratory classes. For the Biology & Chemistry Departments, that means some modifications of our courses in terms of lecture/labs schedules. We are also working together to ensure students who are taking classes in both areas are supported.

Spring 2022 Courses

For Spring 2022, many of our courses will be following a hybrid format – Lectures for each class will be 100% online and the Laboratory portion for each class may be 100% face-t0-face, or a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. Other classes will be 100% online or 100% face-to-face.

Check out the Laney Student Guide for What to Expect which contains general information about online courses. Laney also has Online Student Services. We also encourage you to take some time in the Peralta Student Resources – the Modules view gives you a good overview of what’s there. This website includes some great Tips for Success for Online Learning.

Click on the course for more information for Spring 2022 scheduling modifications (we are working on updates for lab schedules, etc. check back if you don’t see what you are looking for right away)

BIOL 1A – General Biology

BIOL 1B – General Biology

BIOL 2 – Human Anatomy

BIOL 3 – Microbiology

BIOL 4 – Human Physiology

BIOL 10 – Introduction to Biology

BIOL 20A – Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 24 – Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 75 – Fundamentals of Biotechnology

The Peralta Board of Trustees approved this statement regarding vaccination policy effective 8/2:

As a condition of employment all existing and new Peralta Community College District (PCCD) faculty, classified employees, administrators, hourly employees (short-term temporary employees), contract employees, and student employees (henceforth referred to as “employee groups”), must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated employee groups will be required to wear N95 Masks at all times while on PCCD controlled property; and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.  

The Biomanufacturing Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the biomanufacturing/pharmaceutical industry. It is a career ladder program that begins with training in basic biotechnology and biomanufacturing skills  In one semester, students can earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Biomanufacturing Skills (9 units).

Students may continue their academic training by taking additional courses to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Biomanufacturing (one additional semester, total of 17 units)  An AS in Biomanufacturing Production can be earned with one additional year of biomanufacturing courses along with required general education courses/ electives.

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