Academic Programs

Chemistry

There are many reasons to study chemistry.  Some of us are motivated primarily by curiosity about nature and/or about how things work:  What is the chemistry of Mars rocks?  What are the chemical reactions behind rocket propulsion and automobile airbags?  Others want to help people by being doctors, pharmacists, dentists, …

Chinese

The Chinese Department will teach you about the language, culture and history of the Chinese-speaking people, to promote better communication and understanding among the peoples of our diverse society.  Our courses satisfy Foreign Language requirements at 4-year colleges and universities, provide marketable foreign language skills, and offer cultural enrichment.

Communication

The College of Alameda Communication Department provides courses to help students enhance their personal and professional communication goals. Our classes focus on how people use messages to generate meaning in different contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Visit and “like” our Communication Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/COACOMM/

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program will prepare you for entry level business positions requiring the use of computer applications, and will qualify you in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and database management applications. More advanced students may enroll in telecommunications and computer networking courses.

Dance

Students can choose between a variety of dance styles, including jazz, ballroom, swing, and ballet. Dance courses are recommended to people who already have an interest in the art, as well as anyone who is just looking for a challenging and fun elective. Classes are transferable, and students who are …

Dental Assisting

College of Alameda’s Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Our program consists of two consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring) of full time study, and will prepare you to obtain your RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) …

Diesel Mechanics

We provide students of all experience levels with comprehensive knowledge and skills covering Diesel Engines and Truck Mechanics and Chassis Systems. We currently offer an Associate Degree in Diesel Mechanics and Certificate of Achievement in Diesel Mechanics. Additionally, the department provides several fee and no-fee based seminars and classes in …

Economics

The Economics Department will provide you with solid analytical and comparative skills in economics, to instill in all students the love for economics and empower you to do well in these challenging courses. These skills will enable you to successfully transfer to four-year colleges or to enhance your knowledge of markets, …

English

The English Department offers classes addressing English skills at the basic, developmental and transfer levels. We are committed to presenting engaging material that addresses the varied interests and needs of our students. We are focused on helping students achieve their transfer requirements, and offering the necessary critical thinking and composition …

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our ESL program serves non-native English speakers who need to learn sufficient English to communicate effectively and overcome their difficulties in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English. We offer instruction in English to help students access degree/transfer programs, academic programs, vocational programs and to prepare them for employment.