We are committed to providing a supportive, safe and inclusive environment that empowers students to discover and explore the study of life and the natural environment, while developing skills in critical and scientific thinking.
As such, the Life Sciences Department offers exemplary courses that prepare students for successful transfer and a variety of careers in biological, medical, environmental, nutrition, and biotechnological sciences. We offer a well-recognized pre-nursing sequence and field biology opportunities in marine and terrestrial biology. We also offer several courses that fulfill general education requirements, as well as provide general interest courses to the community. We take pride in continuing to update our curriculum and the learning experience so that we can better serve the goals of today’s students.
Programs of Study
SMC's Biological Sciences program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that develops knowledge and understanding of living organisms at the macro and micro levels. The program examines the origins, development, distribution, structures, and functions of living organisms. Coursework is designed to develop your critical thinking skills and provide you with a foundation for future employment in the biological sciences, as well as many other STEM fields.
SMC’s new biotechnology program prepares students to enter the rapidly growing life science/biotechnology workforce or transfer to the biomanufacturing bachelor degree programs offered at select community colleges within California. In just six classes, students can become a certified laboratory assistant and begin an exciting career in an industry that is at the forefront of curing cancer; diagnosing and treating diseases; preventing the next global pandemic; and saving the environment. The industry validated curriculum is designed to give students the confidence and skills to operate cutting-edge laboratory equipment and to help them use science to solve problems that are impacting society and the planet.
SMC's Environmental Science program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that presents an overview of ecological issues from a scientific perspective. The program examines the interrelated nature of environmental and social systems. Coursework is designed to equip you with the skills and tools to successfully use the scientific method while studying and solving environmental problems.
SMC's General Science program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that presents an overview of physical and life sciences. The program examines the interrelated nature of the sciences, and the principles of the scientific method. Coursework is designed to develop the research, analytical, and communication skills you need to study and help solve problems from a scientific perspective.
Nutrition and Dietetics
SMC's Nutrition and Dietetics program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that develops knowledge and understanding of the principles of food and nutrition sciences. The program examines human nutritional requirements, chemicals and nutrients in food, and how nutrients function and affect the body and overall health. Coursework is designed to prepare you to understand, develop, and manage effective nutrition programs for individuals and groups in a variety of settings.