Physical Sciences Department

Physical science is concerned with the study of nature, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology, and analyze the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter.

Academic Options

Associates in Arts – DTA Astronomy

The associate in arts – direct transfer agreement (DTA) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. YVC offers a variety of disciplines so that students can select their course load based on their area of interest within this degree. These courses are recommended as guidelines for state transfer. For assistance with course selection, contact the program faculty or the Advising Center.

Student please note: To insure that your degree requirements for graduation have been met, you need to review the degree planning guide with an advisor or counselor.

Associates in Arts – DTA Chemistry

The associate in arts – direct transfer agreement (DTA) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. YVC offers a variety of disciplines so that students can select their course load based on their area of interest within this degree. These courses are recommended as guidelines for state transfer. For assistance with course selection, contact the program faculty or the Advising Center.

Student please note: To insure that your degree requirements for graduation have been met, you need to review the degree planning guide with an advisor or counselor.

Associates in Arts – DTA Geology

The associate in arts – direct transfer agreement (DTA) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. YVC offers a variety of disciplines so that students can select their course load based on their area of interest within this degree. These courses are recommended as guidelines for state transfer. For assistance with course selection, contact the program faculty or the Advising Center.

Student please note: To insure that your degree requirements for graduation have been met, you need to review the degree planning guide with an advisor or counselor.

Associates in Arts – DTA Physics

The associate in arts – direct transfer agreement (DTA) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. YVC offers a variety of disciplines so that students can select their course load based on their area of interest within this degree. These courses are recommended as guidelines for state transfer. For assistance with course selection, contact the program faculty or the Advising Center.

Student please note: To insure that your degree requirements for graduation have been met, you need to review the degree planning guide with an advisor or counselor.

Areas of Interest

Astronomy

Astronomy 100 – A Survey of Astronomy – is a beginning level course of Astronomy which seeks to describe the workings of our Solar System and its various components, the structure of the Universe as we see it, and the theories behind the origins of the Universe’s many components.

Chemistry

Chemical substances are the very building blocks of life; and as such, the study of chemistry provides insight into most of the scientific areas of study. Courses at Yakima Valley College are designed to support study in allied fields, as well as provide a foundation for further study in chemistry.

Geology

A basic group of geology courses is offered so that students may gain an understanding of the Earth’s surfaces and interior, and the processes that have changed Earth through time. Students who take basic geology courses at YVC learn geology through classroom activities, lab work, field trips, and assigned readings. They acquire the ability to examine the natural world analytically, using skills developed in department courses and drawing conclusions from their observations.

Courses are taught for students who wish to explore the field for future study, to satisfy natural science requirements, or to learn for personal enrichment.

Physics

Physics is a fundamental science. All other sciences (and most technologies) find their roots in physics. Physics principles are logical and simple and yet far-reaching in their application.

Introduction to Physics – is a survey course designed to introduce and enhance a student’s understanding of elementary physics. This course emphasizes a more conceptual and less mathematical approach to physics. The introductory physics course is a good beginning science while the general physics and engineering physics courses give strong backgrounds in classical physics (i.e., mechanics, energy, work, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and waves) and a brief introduction to modern physics (i.e., relativity and quantum mechanics).

General Physics – I, II, III – are non-calculus based, intended for non-science majors. These courses can be used to satisfy a general or non-calculus based physics requirement at a university.

Engineering Physics – I, II, III are calculus based, intended for the transfer student majoring in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or engineering. The sequence of subjects are similar to the general physics sequence but the topics are considered from a more rigorous mathematical viewpoint. These courses can be used to satisfy an engineering or calculus-based physics requirement at a university.

STEM Pathway

If you choose this pathway you are likely working toward a Direct Transfer Degree (DTA) to continue on to a university or other four year college.

Students can focus on one of the following disciplines while pursuing an Associate in Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA), and Associate in Business – Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (AA-DTA/MRP), or an Associate in Science – Transfer Track 1 (AS-T T1) or Track 2 (AS-T T2).

Physical Sciences Department Contacts

Natalia DunnChemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 252
Phone: 509.574.4524
Hillary GoodnerGeology Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 259
Phone: 509.574.6800 x3103
Dr. Tanya KnickerbockerChemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 248
Phone: 509.574.4853
Sam MazhariChemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 256
Phone: 509.574.4887
Dr. Stephen RodriguePhysics Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 253
Phone: 509.574.4854
Alex SelimPhysics Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 287
Phone: 509.834.4543
Hong-Li Sheu Chemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 241
Phone: 509.574.4536
Suki Smaglik Chemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 247
Phone: 509.834.4538
Emeka Udenze Chemistry Instructor
Yakima Campus
Glenn Anthon Hall
Building 04, Room 239
Phone: 509.834.4511