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Cell divisionThe Sciences are an area of excellence at Centralia College.  The science degree programs and associated courses provide a solid foundation for students preparing to transfer to bachelor's degree programs or seeking admission into health-related associate's degree programs.  We emphasize the excitement and sense of discovery in science and the relevance of science in our daily lives and futures.

Degree Programs and Advising:  Centralia College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees with emphases in specific disciplines and an Associate in Biology degree.  Students work with faculty advisors to develop an educational plan that will move them toward their career goals and to select courses.  You can find specific information on the preparation and requirements for science degree programs here.

Human Resources: The Science Department has seven full-time faculty, approximately six part-time faculty, three support staff, and several student assistants.

Course Diversity: Some science courses at Centralia College are designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in a general overview of a specific discipline (and to satisfy the science distribution of the general education requirements).  Other courses are part of three-quarter sequences that delve deeper into a specific discipline.  A third group of courses satisfies pre-requisites for students pursuing health-related programs or applied technology programs.  More information on specific courses can be found by following the links for each specific science program at the left.

Facilities:  In Spring 2009, the various science programs moved into the New Science Center, a 70,000 ft2, LEED silver facility. In addition, science labs incorporate activities at unique local environments: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Chehalis River, Puget Sound, old growth forests.

Student Resources:  The Math / ScienceTutoring Center offers peer-tutoring, a science-focused computer lab, and a meeting area for science and math students.  The Centralia College Foundation provides student scholarship support in general and for students pursuing specific education objectives.  Of special interest to science students are the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Match) scholarships.  Further information on these scholarships and the application process can be found at the CC Foundation web site.

Science Honors Program:  We encourage motivated students to investigate the Science Honors Program.  Students who complete this program will be recognized as graduating with Honors in Science.  In the Science Honors Program students develop and execute an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and then analyze and summarize their project in the format of a typical science paper.  More details on application criteria and requirements can be found at the Science Honors Program home page

Science Education in Action

Pat Pringle @ Mt. Rainier
Mt. Rainier geology
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology lab
Chehalis R. Chemistry
Chehalis R. water chemistry
Testing Macromolecules
Plant Physiology
Plant physiology
Aquatic Sampling
Stream ecology
Plant Physiology
Forest biology
Aquatic Sampling
Environmental monitoring