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Life & Physical Science




Dr. Abraha Bahta


Welcome to the Science Division Website. The goal of this website is to provide information about the numerous science programs and the faculty, full-time and adjunct, and the staff that run these programs. The Division houses thirteen science disciplines and currently has eight full-time faculty and about thirty adjuncts. West’s science instructors are supported by two full-time and two half-time laboratory technicians; they are dedicated professionals who help our students reach their goals by providing quality instructions with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and intellectual development.  The Divisional instructional facilities are housed in the new Science-Math complex. We have laboratory classrooms for: Anatomy, Astronomy, Field Biology, Majors Biology, Non-majors Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, Microbiology, Physics and Physiology. All of our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art and appropriate instruments and accessories.

We offer many certificate, degree and transfer courses and programs. Virtually all of our courses satisfy the IGETC and UC/CSU requirements and whether our students are science majors – Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics – or wishing to be engineers, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, physicians’ assistants or pharmacists or are non-science majors simply seeking to fulfill a GE requirement, Science Division courses have established road maps that guide students to meet their educational goals.

More information about the courses and programs available with the various disciplines and/or departments is provided in the Program and Course Sections of the college catalog.


Associate Degrees

Major Code 0401.00.....BIOLOGY 

Major Code 1260.00.....BIOLOGY - Health Science Majors

Major Code 1905.00.....CHEMISTRY

Major Code 2206.00.....GEOGRAPHY

Major Code 1914.00.....GEOLOGY

Major Code 1902.00.....PHYSICS