WELCOME TO THE NATURAL SCIENCES DIVISION
The Division of Natural Sciences offers instruction in the biological and physical
sciences for science and non-science majors. The Division is comprised of six areas:
Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Horticulture, Life Sciences and
Physics. Earth sciences courses are offered in geography, geology, meteorology and
oceanography. Life sciences courses are offered in anatomy, biology, field studies,
microbiology and physiology. The Division provides a comprehensive lower-division
curriculum for science majors preparing to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.
We also provide general education courses that are designed to allow students to understand
and apply the scientific method, and to understand basic underlying principles of
nature and the relevance to their lives.
The Division also maintains a planetarium and observatory with several telescopes
for its instructional program in astronomy and for public outreach. With the Chronos
star projector, faculty members are able to display a realistic sky of the past,
present and future from different locations in the solar system. There are monthly
open houses at the observatory and when possible, planetarium shows are provided for
schools and the public.
Astronomy Chemistry Earth Sciences Horticulture Life Sciences Physics
The STEM Center supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. By serving
as a hub for tutoring and academic support programs, the STEM Center aims to increase
the number of students pursuing and succeeding in STEM disciplines at the college,
transferring in STEM majors to four-year universities, or entering the related workforce.
MESA uses various components to support students pursuing math- and science-based degrees.
Program components build an academically based peer community to provide student support
and motivation. This community of learners, with a very specialized focus, is what
sets MESA apart from other student success programs.
HTP (Honors Transfer Program) at El Camino College is designed to better prepare the highly
motivated student to transfer successfully to a university and complete a bachelor's