Physical Science Department

Bakersfield College


and Staff



Home Page

General Information | Faculty and Staff | Current Schedule | Course Catalog | BC Home Page

Updated: August 22, 2016

General Information:

Department Office Location: SE 57 (BC main campus, Science-Engineering Building)
(select the links to view a map)
Department Phone: (661) 395-4401 and 395-4224

Free Resources for Students at Bakersfield College


The mission of our department is to provide the rigorous science foundation necessary for students to achieve the skills, knowledge, intellectual curiosity and scientific literacy essential for a wide range of professional or technical careers. The department fulfills the primary missions of community colleges by providing support to academic (science and engineering) education and workforce development/vocational programs (nursing and teacher preparation). Hands on laboratory skills are a critical component for the development of critical thinking skills in many of our courses. The department primarily offers transfer level courses designed to satisfy the needs of science majors, allied health students, college general education requirements, and liberal studies teacher credential programs.

Department Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of and recognize the processes that explain natural phenomena
  2. Apply the methodologies of science when approaching a problem
  3. Apply logical quantitative and qualitative reasoning in solving problems or analyzing arguments

Department Course Descriptions (excerpted from College Catalog) -- PDF.

Chemistry Students! (Updated September 17, 2008)

Science & Engineering Students (in advanced classes)!

Faculty Links

Top of page


Select the person's name to bring up their homepage, if one is available, or to send them an email message.

Department Chair:
Kenward Vaughan

Stephen Waller

Dean's Assistants:

Janet Thomas Heather Barajas

Full Time Faculty:

Wayne Cooper

Mike Daniel

Rick Darke

Ximena Da Silva Tavares

red ballDan Kimball red ballJulie Lowe

red ballJohn Menzies

red ballSung Soo Park

red ballJack Pierce

red ballDeborah Rosenthal

red ballNick Strobel

red ballKenward Vaughan

red ballRich Wise      


Meg Stidham



Adjunct Faculty:

Dennis Harvey

Robert Lewy


James May

redballCari Meyer

redballJohn Miller

redballMike Oldershaw

redballTiffany Pawluk

 redballJerry Smith      

STEM Program Manager:
red ballYadira Guerrero

STEM Program Counselor:
Tiffani Alvidrez

Department Assistant:
red ballStephanie Vega

MESA Program (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)

MESA offers:

Top of page

web page contact: Nick Strobel