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Scroll down to learn about how Biology is handling lab classes during this stage of 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)

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we are all in this together

At Laney, we are excited to see you in class.  We also care about your health along with the health of our faculty and staff. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we will be offering a wider variety of learning modalities, including face-to-face instruction for laboratory classes, 100% online, and hybrid. 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.

Fall 2023 Courses

For Fall 2023, 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 (hybrid). 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 Fall 2023 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 20B – Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 24 – Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 75 – Fundamentals of Biotechnology

Biol 28: Human Nutrition

Biol 27: Human Sexuality

Check out the Peralta District Policies:

Although, the district may not continue an indoor mask requirement, we encourage folks to wear masks if that will ensure they are more comfortable and feel safer in class.

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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