Biology Staff


The Biological Sciences program has a wide range of quality course offerings. These include lecture courses, lecture-lab combinations, and an on-line hybrid course. Courses are offered in both regular semesters and some are consistently offered in summer to serve a large variety of students. Courses can be taken to complete requirements for majors transfer (Biology ADT), general education or as a prerequisite to vocational programs such as Nursing. We are particularly proud of the outstanding retention and success rates of GWC biology students – both are above 73% which is truly remarkable given the difficulty of biological science courses.

We are very happy that plans for our new MATH-SCIENCE building and STEM Center are in 2018!

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Rick Hicks, Dean

For more information contact:
The Division Office

Annamaria Crescimanno
Instructor, Biology
B.A., Ohio State University; M.S., University of Indianapolis.

Catherine Egan
Instructor, Biology

Darla Kelly
Professor, Biology and Microbiology
A.A., Fullerton College; B.S., California State University, Long Beach; Medical Technology Certificate, University of California Irvine, Medical Center; M.A., California State University, Fullerton.

Mary Lynne LaMantia
Professor, Biology
B.S., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook; further graduate study: University of California at San Diego.

Stephen Miller
Professor, Biology
B.A., Azusa Pacific University; B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.S., California State University at Long Beach.

Nikki Plaster
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.A, B.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Utah.

Travis J. Vail
Professor, Biology
B.S., California State University, Long Beach; M.S., California State University, Long Beach.

Michael Valinluck
Instructor, Biology
B.S., University of California at Los Angeles; M.S., California State University at Long Beach