• The Science Department seeks to inspire an attitude of discovery, critical thinking and inquiry offering a broad-range of classes, from biology and chemistry to animal behavior, sustainability and space exploration. Students work side-by-side with our award-winning faculty conducting research and analyzing data using a broad range of technological tools in laboratory and in field settings. 

    Whether a student is transferring to a four-year college or completing their studies at MHCC, the science curriculum provides graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to ensure they become competitive candidates for today’s rapidly shifting career landscape. A diverse selection of courses are also offered for non-science majors to fulfill their degree requirements.

    If you have a compelling curiosity about our planet, our people and our environment – and especially if you enjoy grappling with complex problems involving many variables – you’re likely to find your niche in one of the many science programs at MHCC.

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  • Trasfer Possibilities

    Transfer Possibilities – Where can I transfer?

    Students with an A.S. degree may transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in Oregon with junior standing, including Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Southern Oregon University and Eastern Oregon University. Students interested in transferring are highly encouraged to consult with the institution they will be attending to confirm on specific degree requirements and then consult with a MHCC faculty adviser early to develop an educational plan.

     Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities – What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in Science?

    Students with a B.S. in Science are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including: technicians for engineering firms, lab techs at colleges or science museums, regulatory officers, natural resource consultants, risk managers at regulatory agencies, forest and wildlife technicians and research positions. 

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Anatomy, a term from the Greek word to cut open, is the science dealing with the structure of an organism’s biological systems, made up by the organs and tissues. Physiology centers on the function of cells, organs and tissues and how they work together in the body. These courses are designed to prepare students for careers in health-related occupations or simply inspire knowledge about how to live a healthier life.

    Human Anatomy Instructor

    Susan Spencer

    Dr. Laird Sheldahl
    Room AC2592

    Dr. Melissa Gonzales-McNeal
    Room AC2564



    From the inner core of Earth to the edges of distant galaxies, the study of Earth and space furthers our understanding of the Universe, especially the planet we call home. Astronomy is the study of the origin and structure of the sun, stars, moon, planets and galaxies. The Planetarium Sky Theatre on MHCC’s campus offers students the spectacular opportunity to interactively locate planets, constellations and other celestial objects.

    Astronomy Instructor

    William Blackmore
    Room AC2563



    Biological Sciences is the study of all living organisms, encompassing plants, animals and microorganisms. From molecular and cellular biology to genetics, ecosystems and evolution, biology is a tremendously diverse field, examining life from microbes to elephants.

    MHCC Faculty Advisors
    Lee Mitchell:
    Room AC2595

    Walter Shriner:
    Room AC2570

    Jack Brook:
    Room AC2567

    Lisa Bartee:
    Room AC2594

    Dr. Valory Thatcher
    Room AC2591

    Chemistry / Biochemistry


    Chemistry studies the composition, properties and reactions of matter at the atomic to the molecular scale. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a Bachelor of Science and to prepare for careers in areas as far-reaching as medicine and health, energy and sustainability, biochemical research and geologic science.

    MHCC Faculty Advisers
    Dr. Elizabeth Cohen:
    Room AC2566

    Bernadette Harnish:
    Room AC2596

    Dr. Michael Russell:
    Room AC2568

    Dr. Joyce Sherpa:
    Room AC2565

    Dr. Jessica Wittman
    Room AC2589



    Geology is more than just rocks. What do fossils tell us? How is the Earth’s climate recorded in minerals, rocks, sediment and water? What causes a volcano to erupt? The answers to these questions can all be found in Geology. According to Julia Turner of Slate Magazine, “Geology forces students to confront true vastness…to consider the insignificance not just of your life, but of your entire species. Geology is a gorgeous way to contemplate the abyss.”

    MHCC Faculty Adviser
    Daina Hardisty: (on sabbatical 2016-17)
    Room AC2590



    Physics is the foundation of all natural sciences. Through the observation of such things as motion, light, electricity, gravity and speed, you’ll learn to solve problems for which the questions are not even known yet. The ability of physicists to discover pathways in complex problems makes them widely sought after in numerous fields such as medicine, device engineering, renewable energy and financial markets.

    MHCC Faculty Advisers
    David Faust (on sabbatical 2016-17)
    Room AC2563

    William Blackmore
    Room AC2563