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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of the Sciences

Administration and Organization

Tim Englund, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)

Associate Dean
Mike Harrod, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)

Associate Dean
Martha Kurtz, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)

Velma Henry, administrative assistant
Toni Snowden, program coordinator
Dannica Price, event coordinator
Shelby Taylor-Olson, secretary senior

Mail Stop 7519

The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 13 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and mathematics. The departments and programs of the college offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, minors that supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework. As an essential part of its mission, the college offers an extensive general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central’s Teacher Certification Programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.

Departments within the college are committed to teaching excellence, active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, student involvement in research, community service, and employing practical applications of academic specializations.

All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs and, in some cases, minors, educational specialist degrees and master’s degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual departments and program offices directly.

Anthropology and Museum Studies: Lene Pedersen, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-3201
Biological Sciences: Holly Pinkart, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Dion Rivera, PhD, Science Building, room 207, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Donald Davendra, PhD, Samuelson, room 219, 509-963-1495
Geography: Michael Pease, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Chris Mattinson, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 129, 509-963-2701
Law and Justice: Cody Stoddard, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 316, 509-963-3252
Mathematics: Janet Shiver, PhD, Samuelson, room 208, 509-963-2103
Physics: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 138 , 509-963-2727
Political Science: Michael M. Harrod, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-2406
Psychology: Stephanie Stein, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science Education: Jennifer Dechaine, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 301, 509-963-2929
Sociology: Pamela McMullin-Messier , PhD, Samuelson, room 201, 509-963-1305

Interdisciplinary Programs
These programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate majors or minors, master’s degrees or research, and public service functions.

American Indian Studies: Marna Carroll, Dean Hall 344, 509-963-3201
Craft Brewing: James Johnson, PhD, Science Building, Room 338I, 509-963-1378
Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Progam: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075 and Megan Walsh, Dean Hall, room 308, 509-963-3699
Environmental Studies: Clay Arango, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 111A, 509-963-2731
Integrated Energy Management: Elvin Delgado, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 111A, 509-963-2008
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences: Alena Yastchenko, MA, Psychology, 509-963-3607
Museum of Culture and Environment: J. Hope Amason, PhD, Dean Hall, room 122, 509-963-2313
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program: Jessica Mayhew, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-1804
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Martha Kurtz, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 111E, 509-963-3002
Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies: Judith Hennessey, PhD, Samuelson, room 231C, 509-963-1574
Yearlong Exploration in the Social Sciences (YESS): Martha Kurtz, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 111E, 509-963-3002

Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Anthony Gabriel, PhD, Dean Hall, room 320, 509-963-1166
Central Washington Archaeological Survey, Anthropology: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075 or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center: Heath Marrs, PhD, Psychology Building, room 346, 509-963-2349
Geodesy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Data Analysis Facility: Tim Melbourne, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 322C, 509-963-2799


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