Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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
Elvin Delgado, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)

Jessica Zarkos, program coordinator
Dannica Price, engagement program manager
Shelby Taylor-Olson, administrative specialist

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: Pat Lubinski, PhD, Dean Hall, room 3338, 509-963-3601
Biological Sciences: Holly Pinkart, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Eric Cheney, PhD, Science Building, room 207, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Samuelson, room 219, 509-963-2727
Geography: Michael Pease, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Breanyn MacInnes, PhD, Discovery Hall 336 509-963-2827 and Walter Szeliga, PhD, Discovery Hall 322B, 509-963-2705
Law and Justice: Cody Stoddard, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 316, 509-963-3252
Mathematics: Chris Black, PhD, Samuelson, room 208, 509-963-3850
Physics: Erin Craig Ricketson, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 139 , 509-963-2724
Political Science: Todd Schaefer, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-3675
Psychology: Heidi Perez, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science and Mathematics Education: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 301B, 509-963-3142
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: Christy Gilchrist, PhD, Barge Hall 103, 509-963-3111
Craft Brewing: Geoffrey Sasaki, PhD, Science Building, Room 236M, 509-963-1511
Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Program: Megan Walsh, Dean Hall, room 308, 509-963-3699
Environmental Studies: Clay Arango, PhD, Science Building, room 236A, 509-963-1130
Integrated Energy Studies: Kevin Archer, PhD, Dean Hall, room 311, 509-963-2184
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: April Binder, PhD, Science Building, room 236L, 509-963-2803
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Breanyn MacInnes, PhD, Discovery Hall, room 129, 509-963-2827
Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies: M. O’Brien, PhD, Samuelson Building, room 243C
Yearlong Exploration in the Social Sciences (YESS): Michael M. Harrod, PhD, Dean Hall, room 130, 509-963-3678

Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Michael Pease, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
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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