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

Robert Killin
Division Chair
Office: AS 117
Regina Abraham
Administrative Secretary
Office: AS 116 & EB 114
Lindsey Phuhl
PT Senior Secretary
Office: AS 116
Noelly Galindo
PT Senior Secretary
Office: AS 116

Science Division Faculty

*Full-time Faculty only. Associate Faculty can be reached by email at (example:

Agricultural Sciences

Sarah Berner
Professor of Agriculture
Office: AS 136


Joann Chang
Professor of Biology
Office: AS 134
Dan Davis
Professor of Biology
Office: AS 122
Theresa Dehne
Professor of Biology
Office: EB 120
Rebekah Hare
Professor of Biology (microbiology)
Office: AS 129
Zoe Hawk
Professor of Biology (microbiology)
Office: AS 130
Colton Kempton
Professor of Biology (molecular/microbiology)
Office: AS 121
Marlie Meza
Professor of Biology
Office: AS 132
Anita Smith
Professor of Biology
Office: AS 133
Matthew Smith
Professor of Biology (entomology = insects)
Office: AS 133
Kara Tucker-Morgan
Professor of Biology
Office: AS 125


Scott Donnelly
Professor of Chemistry (energy & natural resource use)
Office: AS 128
Robert Killin
Professor of Chemistry
Office: AS 117
Suman Parajuli
Professor of Chemistry
Office: AS 131

Environmental Science

Laura Alexander
Professor of Environmental Science
Office: BA 218
Jacob Gibson
Professor of Environmental Science
Office: AS 124


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


Paul Koblas
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Office: AS 123