Department of Life Science & Physical Education

Welcome to the Department of Life Sciences and Physical Education.

The Life Sciences Department offers classes in four areas of biology: general biology, environmental biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.

Mission

The mission of the Life Sciences Department is to provide students the opportunity to study the diversity and unity of all living organisms. The department stresses each student’s ability to critically interpret the knowledge of basic facts and theories of biology, to relate that knowledge to other subject areas, and to communicate their understanding to others. In addition, the department gives students the foundation necessary for the successful pursuit of careers in the health sciences.

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

GENERAL EDUCATION LIFE SCIENCES

The student will be able to:

  • Describe the use of hypothesis testing in problem-solving in biology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic theories of biology.
  • Explain the importance of biodiversity in the living world at the genetic, organismal, community, and global level.

LIFE SCIENCES FOR ALLIED HEALTH

The student will be able to:

  • List the important structures of all body systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of all body systems.
  • Apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to solve basic clinical problems.

LIFE SCIENCES MAJORS

The student will be able to:

  • Use of hypothesis testing in problem-solving in biology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic theories of biology.
  • Describe the importance of evolutionary theory in providing a framework for the analysis of biological issues.
  • Explain the importance of biodiversity in the living world at the genetic, organismal, community, and global level.

Our courses place emphasis on a wide range of topics relating to the biological elements of the human body and its health and maintenance.

South Suburban College is proud to offer courses designed to give students the background that they need to go on to advanced degree institutions. Many of these courses are specifically designed for transfer, enabling students to complete their first two years of coursework leading towards a Bachelor’s degree in virtually any field of study at a four year college or university.