Biology, Chemistry and Physics

The Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department oversees programs and coursework in the life sciences and physical sciences.


The department oversees degree and certificate offerings in the areas of biological sciences, biotechnology, environmental science and physical sciences with tracks in biology, chemistry and physics.

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Most of the biology, chemistry and physics course offerings include both the experience of the guided laboratory and small group sessions. Many are available partially or entirely online and in the evening.

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In collaboration with many of the technology programs, the department provides general education courses appropriate for career and transfer. Some courses provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physics.


The Science Center is home to the department. This silver LEED-certified building serves the campus community with courses suitable for both science and non-science majors and includes a functioning greenhouse for interdisciplinary science study. The welcoming atmosphere of the Science Study Center gives students a place to collaborate and get help with their science coursework.

Academic Advisement

Students in this department receive academic advisement by appointment through the department. Leslie Davis is the advisement specialist in this department and is located in the Science Center, Suite 319. 

New and current students in this department who are looking for advisement should email to set up an advisement appointment. Current students must use their HVCC email accounts.

Students may also call the office at (518) 629-7753. If no one is available to take the call, please leave a message with your name, contact information and a brief description of your inquiry.
NOTE: Current students asking questions over the phone may be asked for their FERPA password, depending on what is being asked. See Communicating with Students Remotely and Complying with FERPA for more details.


The department's dedicated faculty include many with Ph.D. degrees and those who have received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Department Overview

Offering everything from organic chemistry, genetics and microbiology to ecology, nutrition and botany.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Science Center, Suite 319

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.