Eligible Majors

Biology The Biology Program provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in the student’s area of specialization and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate school may be hired in the major or in a related field such as biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, clinical lab technology, environmental biology, forestry, oceanography, range management, wildlife/fisheries biology, or zoology.

Chemistry Options in the chemistry curriculum allow students to prepare for Associate Arts or Science degree level careers as well as the first two years for a wide variety of careers or programs such as: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree careers as a chemist/chemical engineer; preparation for dental, medical, veterinary, or other professional schools; preparation for technical B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. level careers in agriculture, allied health, atmospheric, biological, engineering, environmental, oceanographic, or other applied or interdisciplinary science; or as a chemical technician or K-12 teacher.

Computer Information Systems The Computer Information Systems Program at West Hills College Lemoore teaches concepts, procedures and terminology as well as the skills and applications necessary to operate computers and network systems.

Engineering (All Branches) Engineers analyze, design, build, test, and perfect our environment by applying science and math to practical applications. Students with an interest in engineering can earn an associate degree and develop knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a four year degree program. This program is designed to satisfy core requirements for many engineering transfer majors. In addition to the traditional branches of civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, and chemical engineering, more specific disciplines have evolved such as biomedical, aerospace, petroleum, and agricultural engineering. The engineering field is innovative, challenging, and growing each year.

Geology Geology trains individuals in the physical aspects and history of the earth. These individuals are then able to locate natural resources such as petroleum and minerals and work in laboratories. They also advise construction companies and government agencies. Some administer and manage research and exploration programs; others work in environmental research. Geologists also work in related fields such as drafting, engineering technology, petroleum engineering, surveying and science teaching. Geologists, in general, are analytical, curious, able to work as a team, and are required to communicate effectively.

Mathematics The Mathematics Associate Degree allows students to begin preparation for careers in quantitative professions such as actuarial science, education, computer programming, systems analy sis, and operations research analysis. In addition, a strong background in mathematics facilitates employment in fields such as engineering, economics, finance, and genetics.

Physics The mission of the Physics Program is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in physics, engineering, or other related technical disciplines by educating them in the fundamental concepts of mathematics and physics.