Del Mar College students who live in Calallen or the northwest portion of the College’s service area can take Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401), the required pre-requisite course for DMC Health Sciences programs, closer to home. The College will provide the course at its Northwest Center in Calallen for the first time this spring.

“There’s a need to serve working students who live in the outlying areas that we serve,” says Dr. Angelica Chapa, DMC assistant professor of biology. “We have students who commute from Sinton and Orange Grove, so by offering classes at the Northwest Center, we’re able to serve students who cannot make it to the East Campus after a full workday.”

The Northwest Center, located in Calallen at 13725 Northwest Blvd. near the intersection of Highway 77 and FM 624, opened in July 2010 to provide instructional accessibility for students who live in Calallen and surrounding communities.

Del Mar College will provide two sections of the required Anatomy and Physiology I course at the Northwest Center, says Dr. Chapa. “We can accommodate 36 students in the combined lecture class with 18 per section,” she says. “This is the exact same class that Del Mar offers on the East Campus, and I already have all anatomical models, microscopes and slides used by students in the Garcia Science Building labs for this new offering.”

The models include the vascular system, the heart, kidney structures, larynx with trachea, brain ventricles, blood cells, spinal cord section, comprehensive eye, ear and human development as well as neuron and sarcomere models and an animal mitosis model set.

Both sections –– 900 and 901–– of BIOL 2401 are offered during evening hours to accommodate students who work during the day.

Dr. Chapa will teach Section 900 on Mondays and Wednesdays with the lab scheduled from 4:30 to 5:50 p.m. followed by the lecture class from 6 to 7:20 p.m. Students enrolled in the 901 section will first attend class from 6 to 7:20 p.m., along with the Section 900 students, on Mondays and Wednesdays and then go to lab at 7:30 p.m.

“All 19 Health Sciences programs, ranging from nursing to Health Information Technology, funnel through Human Anatomy and Physiology I, which is a core course,” she says. “We also have Dual Credit students who enroll in this class, so it fills up fairly quickly.”