School of Science and Math

Students in Biology classroom

Welcome to West Valley’s School of Science and Math

Science and Mathematics are essential for success in today’s technological world.

The process of science reveals the secrets of the natural world around us. It is through careful hypothesis testing that we can make the invisible visible, answer questions of “why” and “how” and gain insights into the mechanisms that underlie the patterns of the world around us.  Science tells us about our history and can guide our future. 

Mathematics is the language of science and business.  Statistics help us interpret our complex world, summarize patterns and make smart decisions.  Higher levels of mathematics can show us beautiful shapes, help us make informed predictions and probe unexpected relationships between complex ideas.  Regardless of your fluency in math, you will find that our mathematics faculty are dedicated to helping you gain confidence and develop skills that prepare you for your career of choice. 

Our school offers science coursework that looks at things small and large.  You can study the origins of the universe in Astronomy or explore subatomic particles in Physics.  In Biology, you can investigate the muscles and bones of the human body or learn about the millions of chemical reactions that take place inside all your cells every day.   Our Chemistry classes and labs give you the chance to manipulate tiny electrons and map out huge macromolecules. Our faculty will take you on natural adventures to majestic geological formations or tiny streamside puddles, inhabited by millions of creatures.

 Whether you plan a future in science, technology or medicine or just want to expand your horizons by spending some time in a science lab, we welcome your interest and questions.  We offer online, hybrid and hands-on classes to help you shape your future. 

 Laura A. Hyatt

Dean, Science and Mathematics

Instructor lecturing in classroom

Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

Contact Information


Laura Hyatt

Department Chairs

Biology: Nathan Norris

Chemistry: Glenn Eldridge

Mathematics: Shannon Ko

Physical Sciences: Mel Vaughn

Last Updated 10/23/19