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Life Science Department

Welcome to the Life Sciences Department

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The Life Sciences Department at East LA College offers courses to help students transfer in the many STEM-related fields, pursue careers in Allied Health, learn technical skills for laboratory careers, fulfill general education requirements, or to simply satisfy one’s curiosity about the natural world. Students who wish to transfer to universities, such as the UC or CSU system, can earn Associate of Science degrees for transfer in Biology or Health Sciences. Students can complete their prerequisite coursework to apply to a variety of programs; such as, nursing, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, etc. Alternatively, students can complete certificate programs to be ready to work in medical, dental, research, and industrial laboratory settings. The Life Sciences Department strives to provide the most current, accurate, and practical educational experiences for all types of students at ELAC. The goal is that all students, even those who do not major in STEM, receive a high-quality education to succeed their life goals.

Mission Statement

The Life Sciences Department is committed to improving student outcomes and providing opportunities for our diverse student population to succeed in any career path. We empower our students to apply scientific inquiry in the advancement of their educational goals and daily lives.

Career Options in Life Sciences

Clinical Care Health Care Laboratory Tech Animal Science Research Science Biotech Industry
Physician Optometrist Pathologist Wildlife Biologist Scientist Biomedical Enginer
Physician Assistant Physical Therapist Clinical Laboratory Scientist Veterinarian Laboratory Manager Food Scientist
Registered Nurse Occupational Therapist Water Sanitation Scientist Fisheries Management Ecologist Manufacturing
Nurse Practitioner Pharmacist   Conservationist Molecular Biologist Quality Control
Dentist         Drug Development


For information regarding our Pre-Health Sciences Cohort (previously Trifecta), please contact: @email

For information regarding our Biotechnology Certificate of Achievement, please visit Biotechnology (Career & Academic Pathways - Health Sciences Program Mapper)


General Information

Contact Us

Life Sciences Department - General Questions: @email

Department Chair: Prof. Nohelia Canales (@email)

Department Vice-Chair: Dr. Ray Oropeza (@email)


Office Location

Life Sciences Department
East Los Angeles College
Office Location: G5-211 (Math & Science Building)
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754