The School of Natural and Social Sciences includes a wide range of academic disciplines including Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Biology, Health and Wellness, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Geology, Nutrition, Astronomy, Botany, Landscape Technology and Mathematics. The School also includes the campus Honors Program and the Department of Independent Studies. These disciplines are housed in the following six departments, each managed by a department chair.

  • Independent Studies, 
    Dr. Sara Lee Sanderson, Chair
  • Mathematics, 
    Rene Barrientos, Chair
  • Social Science, 
    Dr. Evelyn Diaz, Chair


  • Biology, Health and Wellness, 
    Dr. Jorge Obeso, Chair
  • Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science, 
    Dr. Dorma Gottlieb, Chair
  • Honors, 
    Patrick Hughes, Director

The variety of courses offered in our school includes those that are required for various majors as well as many electives. Our courses are offered in several different time blocks and days of the week configurations in order to meet the needs of our students. We also offer most courses via an independent studies delivery system in order to meet the needs of those students who cannot maintain a consistent class schedule. The school is also home to three laboratories and tutorial centers where students can obtain one on one assistance and/or utilize a variety of software designed to assist classroom instruction. These laboratories are open during the day, evenings and on weekends.

The number one goal in the School of Natural and Social Sciences is student success. We are very aware that not all people learn the same way. As such, we routinely look for creative and innovative teaching/learning strategies. Many of the faculty utilize collaborative learning, learning communities and active learning strategies. In the Community College system, we have only one priority and that is to teach. We take that responsibility very seriously and are dedicated to the goal of delivering the highest quality education by putting the learner first. Please take a few minutes to explore the various department web pages. I invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at





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