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Life Sciences

Life Sciences Department

The Life Sciences Department is composed of a diverse faculty and staff, with various cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Working together, our faculty enhance the curriculum by incorporating our experiences and expertise in biological and clinical fields. Many of our courses are pre-requisites for students in non-biological programs such as Kinesiology, Radiology, Pharmacology, and Nursing.

About Our Classes

Students considering careers in health and medicine are required to take courses in the Biology/Anatomy discipline. Many health and allied health programs (e.g. Radiologic Technology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy) require Anatomy and Physiology. Some programs, Nursing for example, also require Microbiology. Students in non-health care related majors can also benefit from a grounding in these areas. Additionally, understanding basic biological principles can help you live a healthier life and better understand diseases, medical treatments, and medical breakthroughs.

Pre-Allied Health

Meet Our Professors


Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Math, Engineering, Science Achieve (MESA) Program is a program dedicated to creating exceptionally prepared transfer-ready students in calculus-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The goal is to provide supports to LACC students who are transferring to a 4-year university as a STEM major. MESA seeks to strengthen students who are first-generation, low-income, and educationally disadvantaged, therefore increasing the number of those historically underrepresented in STEM. 

MESA Program

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Mission Statement

The Life Sciences Department’s goal is to provide all students the opportunity to explore the science of life and to complete general education requirements in the natural sciences. We also prepare students for transfer to four-year programs in the biological sciences and for acceptance into various allied health programs. This preparation may lead to careers in teaching, nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and many other fields. We are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career path and to nurture a life-long curiosity of the natural and biological world.

Life Sciences Department

Office Hours and Location

Mondays: 1:00PM - 2:45PM
(Except the 2nd Monday of month in which there is NO office hours due to a committee meeting.)

Wednesdays: 10:00AM - 2:45PM
Other times available by appointment only.

Science and Technology Building (SCI), Room 222


Greg Gonsalves​, Department Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2796