Academic Departments

Academic Departments


Anthropology is the holistic study of human, from biological, socio-cultural, historical, political-economic perspectives.

Anthropology Learning and Career Pathways

Chair: Donald Moore

Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the future of tech. These technologies are already being used to revolutionize a wide variety of industries, from healthcare to finance to retail.

As AI and ML continue to evolve, the demand for skilled professionals in these fields will only increase. That’s why it’s so important to learn AI and ML skills now.

Here are just a few of the benefits of learning AI and ML skills:

  • High salaries: AI and ML professionals can command high salaries, often earning more than other tech professionals.
  • Job security: The demand for AI and ML professionals is growing rapidly, so there are plenty of job opportunities available.
  • Personal satisfaction: AI and ML work can be incredibly rewarding. You’ll get to use your skills to solve real-world problems and make a difference in the world.

If you’re interested in a career in tech, or if you simply want to learn new and valuable skills, we encourage you to check and explore some AI and ML skills. It’s a great way to future-proof your career and open up new opportunities for yourself.


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).

The Biomanufacturing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the biomanufacturing / pharmaceutical industry.

Biomanufacturing Learning and Career Pathways: A.S. Degree, Certificate of Achievement, Proficiency Award

Co-Chairs: Doug Bruce, Emily Quach, Laurie Allen-RequaLeslie Blackie, Rajeev Banerjee, and Rebecca Bailey

Astronomy, Chemistry, & Physics

The Chemistry curriculum offers a selection of courses designed to prepare students for further studies in the sciences (such as chemistry, biology, physics, or engineering), and professional careers (such as medicine, nursing, dental hygiene, dentistry, physical therapy, and pharmacy).

Physics offers courses that prepare students for careers in biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering fields.

Physics Learning and Career Pathways


Michelle (Cheli) Fossum

Neil Allen Nicol

William Trego

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department provides students with the computer skills necessary to find employment, and the analytic and technical knowledge necessary to progress to four-year institutions.

CIT Education and Career Pathways

Chair: Kim Bridges


Engineering is all about problem solving.  Engineers use concepts from math and science to develop solutions to technical problems.

Laney College offers the lower division engineering major preparation courses as well as the science and mathematics courses required for transfer in good standing to colleges and universities across California and the U.S.

Chair: Mallory Barkdull

Geography & Geology

In the Geography and Geology Department we study how humans and the planet interact and affect each other. How we grow food, make energy, and move around the planet have big effects on the Earth’s climate, landscapes, and biodiversity.

Geography Learning and Career Pathways

Chair: Mark Rauzon


The Mathematics Department offers a rich curriculum to meet the diverse needs of students at Laney College. Our course offerings include those transferable to four- year colleges/universities, those tailored for programs in career and technical education, along with those designed to help students strengthen their basic skills.

Mathematics Learning and Career Pathways: A.S. Degree TransferA.S. Degree

Chair: David Ross