The Science and Allied Health Division at Eastern Arizona College helps students prepare for careers in many exciting areas of the sciences and health services.
The learning experience here is greater than just getting the courses you need to transfer to a university or earn a certificate. At Eastern, much of the classwork is hands-on and the classroom often is not limited to four walls.
Biology at Eastern offers the opportunity to study unique habitats in the area. Mt. Graham creates the perfect natural lab in our own backyard. You get a close up look at the remarkable biological diversity of a "sky island," from low-desert terrain at its base to sub-alpine forests at its peak.
The Environmental Biology class performs service projects such as planting trees for wildlife cover and cleaning trails at the nearby Cluff Ranch Wildlife Refuge. Students help organize and run a health fair for high school students. Health professionals give presentations and students work in various labs, such as microscopy and cadaver dissection.
In our chemistry labs, you'll find up-to-date chemistry instrumentation. This includes gas chromatographs, electrolytical analyzers, pH meters, Geiger counters and spectrophotometers.
A field trip to Phelps-Dodge mine to observe copper processing is a vital part of introductory chemistry classes.
Students help organize and run the Chemistry Adventure each year, which provides the opportunity to work with high school students on special science projects.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to prepare qualified students for beginning employment as staff nurses who provide direct care to patients. On completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN test leading to certification as a registered nurse. All nursing courses are offered through the Thatcher campus and admission is competitive.
Eastern's physics program (classroom and laboratories) contains state of the art equipment. Students are encouraged to be involved in active and interactive learning through group discussions, demonstrations and simulations (both computer and old fashioned). Computers and interfaces are available to students for data acquisition.
When you take Astronomy classes at Eastern, you can explore world-class observatories at nearby Mt. Graham, and also at Safford's new Discovery Park. Eastern's own observation deck in the Math-Science complex features eight telescopes. This gives students the opportunity to spend time actually viewing the night sky to study celestial objects and thus learning from first-hand experience.
You can prepare for a career in medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy, among others, in our new labs and classrooms. Courses are designed to prepare you for a BS program and eventual enrollment in a professional medical school.