The Science Division offers a wide variety of courses in agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geosciences, and physics – all in state-of-the-art facilities that define a new standard for safety, environmental sustainability, and a challenging intellectual environment.

Academic Programs Offered

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Biology – prepares students for transfer to a university and is designed for those students who wish to pursue university studies in biological sciences or pre-med or are interested in related fields such as medical technology, or pre-professional health science (pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary).

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Chemistry – prepares students for transfer to a university and is designed for students pursuing a career in chemistry or a related field for which chemistry is an integral part.

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Earth Systems Science – prepares students for transfer to a university with a dedicated path to an Earth Sciences degree. Successful completion results in a strong foundation in several key aspects of earth science, which prepare students to continue on in the field to study geologic hazards, GIS, climate science, meteorology, oceanography, the environment, resource management, or any number of related fields.

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Environmental Sciences – prepares students for transfer to a university and is intended for students pursuing a career in fields such as environmental consulting, natural resource management, or science education. Students may choose an Applied Geology emphasis or a Biology emphasis.

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Geology – prepares students for transfer to a university and emphasizes a process-oriented approach to studying phenomena which shape the earth’s surface and ultimately impacts all of our lives.

Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Physics – prepares students for transfer to a university to major in physics – the study of nature’s most basic interactions between matter and energy.

*Many scientific sub-disciplines are taught in the geosciences such as Geology (GLG), Meteorology (GPH), Oceanography (OCN), and Physical Geography (GPH).

Science Division Staff

Joann Chang Division Chair, Science 928.344.7665 Office: AS 117
Regina Abraham Administrative Secretary 928.344.7656 Office: AS 116
Karen Cisneros Senior Secretary 928.344.7598 Office: AS 116

Science Division Faculty

*Full-time Faculty only. Associate Faculty can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@azwestern.edu (example: john.doe@azwestern.edu)

Agricultural Sciences

Sarah Berner
Professor of Agriculture
928.344.7562 Office: AS 136

Biology

Joann Chang
Division Chair, Science
928.344.7665
Office: AS 117
Dan Davis
Professor of Biology
928.317.6474
Office: AS 122
Therese Dehne
Professor of Biology
928.317.6087
Office: 131
Rebekah Hare
Professor of Biology (microbiology)
928.344.7548
Office: AS 129
Zoe Hawk
Professor of Biology (microbiology)
928.344.7653
Office: AS 130
John King
Professor of Biology (natural history, ornithology [birds])
928.344.7658
Office: AS 134
Marlie Meza
Professor of Biology
928.344.7705
Office: AS 132
Anita Smith
Professor of Biology
928.317.7635
Office: AS 133
Matthew Smith
Professor of Biology (entomology = insects)
928.317.7105
Office: AS 133
Cecilia Vigil
Professor of Biology (ecology of bats)
928.344.7555
Office: AS 125

Chemistry

Scott Donnelly
Professor of Chemistry (energy & natural resource use)
928.344.7590
Office: AS 128
Richard Jennings
Professor of Chemistry
928.317.7175
Office: AS 213A
Robert Killin
Professor of Chemistry
928.317.7685
Office: AS 121
Ivan Rivera-Torres
Professor of Chemistry
928.344.7610
Office: AS 124

Environmental Science

Laura Alexander
Professor of Environmental Science
928.317.6302
Office: BA 218
George Montopoli
Professor of Environmental Science

Geosciences

Catherine Hill
Professor of Geosciences (oceanography)
928.344.7719
Office: AS 127
Fred Croxen
Professor of Geosciences (hydrology, paleontology)
928.344.7586
Office: AS 126

Physics

Paul Koblas
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
928.317.6446
Office: AS 123