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The Division of Science at Arizona Western College (AWC) offers an impressive complement of courses in agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, and physics applicable to the first two years of a college degree. Our courses transfer to almost every college and university in the U.S. Our new facilities define a new standard for safety, environmental sustainability, and a challenging intellectual environment. All science faculty are committed to excellence in teaching science and helping students fulfill their academic and professional aspirations. The AWC Division of Science is serious about educating the next generation of scientists and the public citizenry in general.

Obtainable Degrees & Certificates


Agricultural Science:   Associate in Arts

Applied Agriculture:   Associate in Applied Science

Biology:   Associate in Science

Chemistry:   Associate in Science

Crop Production:   Associate in Science

Earth Systems Science:   Associate in Science

Environmental Sciences:   Associate in Science

Geology:   Associate in Science

Physics:   Associate in Science


Agriculture, Occupational

Architectural Technology

Food Science and Safety


Where you can learn:

  • A broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.
  • The cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, drugs and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.
  • The study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.
  • The composition, properties and behavior of matter.
  • The study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change.
  • The study of processes and patterns in the natural environment like the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere, as opposed to the cultural or built environment, the domain of human geography.
  • The study of marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries.
  • The physical and biological sciences to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.
  • The natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.
  • The study of celestial objects, the physics, chemistry, mathematics, and evolution of such objects, and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth, including supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic background radiation.


Department Major/Courses

Agricultural Business Management

AGB-230 Agricultural Business Management

Agricultural Science

AGS-220 Food Safety in Facilities

AGS-110 Introduction to Food Safety

AGS-296 Agricultural Internship

Plant Science

PLS-100 Plant Science/GE

PLS-113 Vegetable Crop Production

PLS-211 Soils

PLS-200 Intro to Integrated Pest Mgt.

PLS-230 Basic Crop Fertility

PLS-270 Turfgrass Management

Animal Sciences

ANS-240 Feeds and Feeding

ANS-100 Animal Indust


BIO-099 Special Topics

BIO-100 Biology Concepts/GE

BIO-109 Intro Anatomy & Physiology/GE

BIO-160 Intro Anatomy & Physiology/GE

BIO-181 General Biology (Majors) I/GE

BIO-182 General Biology (Majors)II/GE

BIO-199 Field Trip Experience

BIO-201 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO-202 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO-205 Microbiology/GE

BIO-234 Desert Biology


CHM-130 Fundamental Chemistry/GE

CHM-151 General Chemistry I/GE

CHM-152 General Chemistry II/GE

CHM-235 Organic Chemistry I

CHM-236 Organic Chemistry II



GLG-101 Intro to Geology 1 (Phy)/GE

GLG-102 Intro to Geology 2 (His)/GE

GLG-110 Environmental Geology/GE

GLG-199 Geology Field Trip

GLG-225 Introduction to Paleontology

GLG-240 Intro to Field Methods/Rpt Wrt

Physical Geography

GPH-213 Intro. to Climate Science/GE

GPH-239 Intro: Geographic Info. System

GPH-110 Physical Geography/GE

GPH-171 Intro: Meteorology/GE


OCN-110 Oceanography/GE


ENV-099 Special Topics

ENV-101 Environmental Science/GE

ENV-199 Field trip Experience

ENV-230 Foundations of Env. Science

ENV-280 Physical and Chemical Process



PHY-201 College Physics I/GE

PHY-202 College Physics II/GE

PHY-221 General Physics I/GE

PHY-222 General Physics II/GE


AST-130 The Planets/GE

AST-100 Astronomy/GE

Get a 4-year degree right here in Yuma!
Call for information (928) 344-7656

Location: AS Building. Click here for an AWC campus map.

Office Hours: M-Th 7am-5pm

Office Phone: (928) 344-7656


Megan Lahti, PhD
Division Chair for Science
AS 117
(928) 344-7655

Marie Stubbs
Administrative Secretary
AS 116
(928) 344-7656

Karen Bedard Senior Secretary
AS 116
(928) 344-7598

Breanna Sanchez Senior Secretary
AS 116
(928) 344-7598


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