MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE DIVISION
Dr. Abrha 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.
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