Natural Sciences and Mathematics


The Natural Sciences and Mathematics department prepares students for a wide range of careers in the natural sciences and entry into health professional programs.

Many graduates plan for immediate employment in a science-related field, while others pursue entrance into a professional school for a healthcare-related field, or apply to graduate school for further education. 

What you will learn: 

  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts of natural and physical sciences
  • Knowledge of the scientific method
  • A wide array of laboratory and fieldwork techniques
  • How to find, read, and apply scientific literature
  • A sensitivity to the interrelationship between science and human values

How you will learn:

  • Infusing technology into all courses
  • Maintaining standards that support personal and intellectual growth
  • Engaging in a culture of critical thinking and scholarly inquiry
  • Emphasizing the connections between scientific knowledge and professional practice, and knowledge of the liberal arts
  • Participating in experiences that enhance multicultural understanding, global awareness and environmental responsibility
  • Through diversity in Dominican’s staff, faculty, students and course offerings

Whether your next step is entering the workforce or pursuing an advanced degree in a graduate/professional program, you’ll have an edge in the achievement of your career goals.

Where you will learn:

The Joseph R. Fink Science Center is a 35,000 square foot science and research center houses more than 30 classrooms and labs, including biology, chemistry, and computer technology labs for faculty, staff and student use. The Center is located on the Dominican campus at 155 Palm Ave. 

Academic Programs


Natural Sciences and Mathematics Leadership

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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Department Chair
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The Research Methodology Course Series

All Dominican Biology and Chemistry undergraduate students participate in our signature Research Methodology Course Series.

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National Ornamentals Research Site

The National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) offers graduate research opportunities and a graduate seminar course for MS Biology students, as well as internships for undergrads.


Faculty and Staff

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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Department Chair
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Brett Bayles, PhD

Associate Professor of Global Public Health
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Kiowa Bower, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Roland Cooper, PhD

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Patti L. Culross, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Global Public Health Program Director
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Chris Endicott, PhD

Laboratory Manager
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Michaela George, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor Global Public Health Program and MS Physician Assistant Studies Program
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Doreen Gurrola, MS

Assistant Professor
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Randall Hall, PhD

Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin, PhD Endowed Professor
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Tyler Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor
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Lynne Marie LoPresto

Adjunct Professor
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Meredith Protas, PhD

Associate Professor MS Biological Sciences Director
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Wolfgang Schweigkofler, PhD

Research Associate Professor and Lead Scientist at NORS-DUC
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Victoria Estrella Worch, MEd

Student Services Administrator
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Amy Young, MS

Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences
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Haley Garcia

Adjunct Instructor
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Leonard Filane

Adjunct Professor
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Timothy LaKose

Adjunct Instructor
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Chenyú Li

Adjunct Instructor
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Carica Theresa Macariola

Adjunct Instructor

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