Westminster Science Department

The Science Department at the Westminster Campus offers study in a variety of areas of science. We also offer prerequisite courses for the Nursing program and the Elementary Education program.

The Science Department has laboratory coordinator technicians who support lab experiments and strive to meet the needs of students and teachers. Approximately 40 percent of our full-time and part-time faculty members have received a Ph.D.

Our department strives to help students achieve academic excellence by creating quality classroom experiences and offering opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty and free walk-in tutoring.

Academic Programs Within Our Department

The Associate of Science degree can be earned in the following programs. An A.S. degree is ideal for students who wish to major in any of the below fields of study at a four-year institution. Many of the classes will transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Science Department also offers courses in the following disciplines:

  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Meteorology
  • Integrated Science

Department Resources and Activities


The Westminster Observatory is a tool to help people connect to the cosmos. The 15-foot dome houses a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The observatory is used for public open houses and star party events scheduled throughout the Spring and Fall semesters.

Public Open Houses are held at the Westminster Campus Observatory (east end of campus).

  • No reservation required.
  • Open houses are canceled in cloudy, windy or extremely cold weather.

Questions? Contact Daniel Everding.

Teaching Opportunities

If you are interested in teaching at the Science and Technology Department at FRCC, see the FRCC Careers website for openings. Candidates must have a minimum of a Master of Science degree and 18 graduate hours in the discipline.