Natural Sciences and Mathematics


The Natural Sciences and Mathematics department prepares students for a wide range of careers in the natural sciences.

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 science 
  • Scientific methods and laboratory techniques 
  • The ability to use scientific literature
  • 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 a graduate or professional degree, 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. 


Monday-Thursday:  7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday and school holidays: closed

Academic Programs


Natural Sciences and Mathematics Leadership

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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Department Chair

Office Hours

Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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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.

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The Research Methodology Course Series

All students participate in our signature program, “The Research Methodology Course Series.”  Internships in health- or environmental-related fields are integrated in our curriculum. Students may participate in our exclusive mentoring program with Kaiser Permanente. Study abroad opportunities are also available as part of the curriculum.

Faculty and Staff

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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Department Chair
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Nilwala Abeysekara, PhD

NORS-DUC Laboratory Manager
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Robert (Ian) Barr, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Kiowa Bower, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Roland Cooper, PhD

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Chris Endicott, PhD

Laboratory Manager
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Alexandra Fuentes, MS

Laboratory Technician
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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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Obed Hernández-Gómez, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Tyler Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor
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Lynne Marie LoPresto, MS, RDN

Assistant 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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