Life & Physical sciences

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.

 

>> View All Science Classes & Major Requirements in the West Catalog

>> View CLASSES CURRENTLY OFFERED in the West Class Schedule


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FACULTY & STAFF

DIVISION CHAIR:

Abraha BAHTA, Ph.D. | (310) 287-4236 | BahtaA@wlac.edu |  MSB 231

VICE CHAIRS:

Physical Sciences:

Mesfin ALEMAYEHU, Ph.D | (310) 287-4299 | AlemayM@wlac.edu  |  MSB 209

Biological Sciences:

Steven FINK  |  (310) 287-4234 | FinkS@wlac.edu  | MSB 201

 

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Name                                        Phone                   Email                          Office

Mesfin ALEMAYEHU, Ph.D       (310) 287-4299      AlemayM@wlac.edu      MSB 209

Abraha BAHTA, Ph.D             (310) 287-4236      BahtaA@wlac.edu        MSB 233
Elizabeth BELL                      (310) 287-4585      BellEA@wlac.edu        MSB 224
Laurimar ESCUDERO, Ph.D      (310) 287-4271      EscudeL@wlac.edu        MSB 220

Steven A. FINK                      (310) 287-4234      FinkS@wlac.edu         MSB 201
Patricia ZUK, Ph.D                (310) 287-4452       ZukP@wlac.edu            MSB 210
Michael (Tony) RECHT, Ph.D    (310) 287-4316       RechtM@wlac.edu        MSB 229

Beraki WOLDEHAIMANOT, PhD (310) 287-4524       WoldehB@wlac.edu      MSB 226

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY: LIFE SCIENCES

George AGAK,  Ph.D  (Microbiology)                        AgakG@wlac.edu

Sherri BREIDENTHALl,  Prof.  (Anatomy)                  Breidese@wlac.edu

Coco CABREL, Ph.D  (Anatomy)                               Cococab27@gmail.com

Begona DE VELASCO,  Ph.D   (Non-Majors Biology)    Bdevelasco@yahoo.com

Elizabeth E. HENNESSEY, Ph.D (Anatomy)                 Hennesgm@wlac.edu

Greg HORWITZ, Ph.D                                            greg@greghorwitz.com

Elizabeth JORDAN                                                 Betsy.jordan@yahoo.com

Susie LYTAL-HUBER,  Prof.  (Non-Majors Biology)      HubertSS@wlac.edu

Bernice FILERMAN,   Ph.D  (Non-Majors Biology)       Filermba@wlac.edu

Steven KUTCHER,  Prof.  (Non-Majors Biology)          Kutches@wlac.edu

Kareen MARTIN,  Ph.D   (Non-Majors Biology)           Martink@wlac.edu

Shervendra SHARMA,  Ph.D   (Micorbiology)              Sharmas@wlac.edu

Nurit ZIV                                                              nziv_72@yahoo.com


ADJUNCT FACULTY: PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Elisa ATTI, PhD (Chemistry)                                    Attie@wlac.edu

Chellappah CHANMUGATTAS (Chemistry)                  Chanmuc@wlac.edu

Othelia GARCIA (Chemistry)                                     Garciaoc@wlac.edu

Michael GHEBREAB, Ph.D (Chemistry)                        Ghebremb@wlac.edu

Shappor HAMID (Oceanography)                               Hamids@wlac.edu
Surendra N. MENON, Ph.D  (Chemistry)                     Menonsn@wlac.edu

Ilya NEYMAN                                                          Neymani@wlac.edu

Farzaneh PAKNIA, Ph.D (Chemistry)                         Pakniaf@wlac.edu

Susan WHITE                                                        Whitesm@wlac.edu

 

CLASSIFIED STAFF

Name                  Location        Phone                   Email

Dora COJOCARU   MSA 314        (310) 287-4270       CojocaD@wlac.edu
Elano GALVEZ       MSA 314        (310) 287-4270      GalvezE@wlac.edu
Lisa RENEAU         MSA 308        (310) 287-4237      ReneauL@wlac.edu
Shahin SAPIR        MSA 308        (310) 287-4237      Sapirs@wlac.edu