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Welcome to the home page of the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics! Here you will find information about the division including faculty, programs, and advising. Our courses encompass the physical sciences, biological sciences and mathematics and as such will prepare you for many rewarding fields in nursing, medicine, engineering, and mathematics to name just a few.
Explore the links for current information and thanks for stopping by!

Division Chair: Joel Wiens

  • Physical Sciences

  • Biological Sciences

  • Mathematics


Meet Our Faculty

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Dustin Acres
Assistant Professor

B.A., M.A., California State University, Bakersfield

Sherrie Burgess

A.S., Porterville College; B.S., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; M.S., California State University, Long Beach.; Ed.D. California State University, Fresno

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Shaunna Callison

A.S., Porterville College; B.A., California State University, Fresno; M.A., California State University, Fresno.

Terry Crewse

B.S., University of California, Riverside; M.S., University of California, Riverside.

Richard Goode

B.S., Physics, California State University, Bakersfield; M.S., Geoscience, Mississippi State University.

Kendra Haney
Assistant Professor

B.S., Washington & Lee University, Lexington; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Stewart Hathaway

B.A. and M.A., Northern Arizona University; Ed.D., University of Exeter, U.K.

Teresa Minter-Procter

A.S., Porterville College; B.S., Pepperdine University; M.S., University of California, Riverside.

Buzz Piersol

B.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; M.S., University of California, Los Angeles.

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Cindy Pummill

B.A., Concordia College; M.S., California State University, Fullerton.

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Di Phan Reagan
Assistant Professor

B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; M.A., California State University, San Bernardino.

Miguel Ruelas

B.S., U.C.L.A.; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jon Satko

B.S., College of William and Mary, Virginia; M.S., Colorado University, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rickelle Syrdahl

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., California State University, Chico.

Joel Wiens
(Chair) Professor

B.A., Tabor College; M.A., California State University, Fresno; Ed.D., Pepperdine University.

Porterville College AS-T Degree in Mathematics

The Program

Did you know that the core requirements for most bachelor's degree programs in mathematics, physics, and engineering are offered at Porterville College? In addition, those same classes satisfy the requirements for the AS-T Degree in Mathematics at PC. Students can complete this degree in two years and be well prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university offering upper division majors in math, physics or engineering.


The Degree

To satisfy the requirements for the AS-T degree, students must take the following courses:

MATH P103 Calculus I
MATH P104 Calculus II
MATH P205 Calculus III
MATH P206 Differential Equations

And one course taken from among the following:

PHYS P104A Physics for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS P104B Physics for Scientists and Engineers


Career Opportunities (What can I do with a degree in math?)

According to the American Mathematical Society, you will qualify for a wide range of careers in business, industry, government, and teaching. The possibilities include:

Urban designer, stockbroker, animator, statistician, college professor, teacher, forensic analyst, actuary, climate analyst, banker, market research analyst, population ecologist, cryptoanalyst, epidemiologist, air traffic controller, computer programmer, research scientist,foreign exchange trader, claims adjuster, commodities trader...and so much more!...Get a head start at Porterville College!

Nursing Major

Are you interested in a career in nursing? If so then Porterville College may be the right place to begin for you! Outlined below are 2 Registered-Nursing prerequisite- schedules to help guide you in your preparation for either an AA degree or BS degree:

Preparation for 2-Year AA Degree (ADN):

Anatomy 110 (4) Physiology 101 (5)
Chemistry 106 (4) Speech 101 (3)
English 101A (4) Sociology 101 (3) or Anthropology 102 (3)
Health Ed. 112 (3) Psychology 101A (3)
Microbiology 106 (5) Area "N" PC graduation checklist (1-4)
Area "H" PC graduation checklist (3)
Area "J" PC graduation checklist (3-5)
Area "K" PC graduation checklist (1-3)

* High school Algebra I or Porterville College’s Math 55 is a required prerequisite and should be completed prior to Chemistry 106.

** 2 credits of physical education are required if student is under age 21 at graduation.

Preparation for 4-Year BS Degree (BSRN):

Anatomy 110 (4) Physiology 101 (5)
Chemistry 106 (4) † Chemistry 108 (4)
English 101A (4) English 101B (4) or Philosophy 107 (3)
Anthropology 102 (3) Psychology 101A (3)
Microbiology (5) Political Science 101 (3)
Speech 101 (3) History 117 or 118 (3)
Statistics 122 (5) Biology 118 (3)
CSU Breadth Area "C"(3) Psychology 126 (3)
CSU Breadth Area "C"(3)

† No longer required at CSU-Fresno or CSU-Bakersfield

* Courses listed above are prerequisites for the bachelor’s degree nursing program as well as the California State University breadth requirements.

** To fulfill PC graduation requirements, one of the Area C courses must be an ethnic studies course; 2 credits of physical education are required (if under age 21 at graduation); and Education 101 must be completed.

Biology Major

This section provides the prospective biology major with a schedule of classes offered at Porterville College and designed to prepare you for transfer to a 4-year college or university.

NOTE: This schedule also provides preparation for students interested in pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-pharmacy programs:

Preparation for the Biology Major Transfer:

* Courses listed above are for biology-major transfer preparation as well as IGETC. The IGETC is a general education program which community college transfer students may use to fulfill lower-division general education requirements in either the UC or CSU system.

** If 2 years of the same foreign language have not been completed in high school, then 2 semesters of the same language must be completed to fulfill the IGETC.

*** To fulfill PC graduation requirements, one of the Area 3 or 4 courses must be an ethnic studies course, 2 credits of physical education are required (if under age 21), and Education 101 must be completed.

Note: Individual plans will vary depending on the particular 4-year institution to which the student plans to transfer.

Biology 105 (5) Biology 106 (5)
Calculus I (4) Calculus II (4)
English 101A (4) English 101B (4)
Area 3 IGETC (3) Area 4 IGETC (3)
Chemistry 101A (5) Chemistry 101B (5)
Physics 102A (4) Physics 102B (4)
Area 3 IGETC (3) Area 4 IGETC (3)
Area 4 IGETC (3) Area 3 IGETC (3)

Career Planning - Natural Sciences

Courses to take if you are planning to enter

Two year RN
Four year RN
Nursing Prerequisites - 
Bakersfield College (Porterville College)
Fresno State
Cal State University, Bakersfield
What to do if you are getting
a "C" or below in a prerequisite course.
Select here.
Dental Hygiene (info) Medicine Physician Assistant (info)
Physical Therapy (info) Physical Therapy Assistant Occupational Therapy (info)
Biology (info) Chemistry Mathematics
Physics Radiology (info) Pharmacy  (info) 
Pharmacy Technician
Veterinary Medicine Dentistry Chiropractic

If you are interested in a Medical Assistant Program and ONLINE or HYBRID courses (Internet) are an option for you,  this website has information for you.

Already Teaching?

Math and/or Science Instructor

Are you currently teaching science and/or mathematics in the K-12 school system? Have you ever thought about going back to college to brush up on your skills and knowledge but don't know where to fit it into your busy schedule? The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers several classes during the college's summer session that might interest you! We typically offer the following courses every summer:

ANAT P052 Introduction and Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM P106 Introduction to Chemical Principles
MATH P102 Pre-Calculus Functions and Graphs
MATH P122 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Here's a little quiz for you:

1. Do you feel as though your knowledge of the particular subject area has become stale?
2. Are you still able to make connections between your subject area and the real world?
3. Are you interested in learning new ideas and fresh ways to present your subject matter? 
4. Is "learning" something that still interests you personally?
5. Have you been searching for a professional growth experience?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, perhaps it might be time for you to visit Porterville College and see what we have to offer!

Want to learn something new? Want to rediscover something old? Want to present topics in your subject area in different, perhaps more sophisticated ways? Look no further than Porterville College, your personal institution of higher education!

Check out Porterville College graduation requirements

PC Grad Req.