The Chemistry Department offers courses for transfer students in Chemistry, prerequisite courses for Respiratory Care, Elementary Teacher Education, Viticulture and Winemaking, and general education courses in physical sciences. The department and staff are dedicated to providing excellent instruction and academic support to meet the diverse needs of our students.
Chemistry Course Descriptions
Students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution should contact the particular institution to determine their specific requirements. Most NVC Chemistry courses are UC- and CSU-transferrable, but individual institutions vary in their transfer requirements and articulation agreements with NVC Chemistry courses.
Chemistry course credits earned at NVC can be applied toward an Associate in Science Degree (AS) in Natural Science and Mathematics. More information on this degree is available through the following link:
AS Degree in Natural Science (Spring 2019)
Dr. Steven Fawl
Dr. Fawl graduated from University of California, Davis, in 1985, with a Ph.D. in Chemistry, and began teaching at Napa Valley College in 1984. He has a wide variety of interests both in and out of science. He does research in Molecular Phylogenetics and is currently working on methods for calculating the entropy of biological polymers. In his spare time he builds furniture, writes extensively on a variety of topics that include chemistry, theology, and fantasy adventures, and creates 3D images for use in chemistry, landscaping, and interior design. He is well known for his ability to do complex math in is head.
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Dr. Forest Quinlan
Dr. Quinlan holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from
UC Davis. Although he spent a couple of years as a post-doctural fellow, he has returned to his "essence of being" - teaching. He began teaching at Napa Valley college in 2008.
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Dr. Joshua Hanson
Dr. Hanson holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Davis. Josh spent the better part of a decade pursuing computational and physical chemistry techniques to study biological processes; specifically, those related to Hepatitis C infection. Since moving on from graduate school, he has found time to pursue interests in Astronomy and Chemistry History.
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Heidi Newman is an adjunct instructor of Chemistry. Her email address is
Eric Yu is an adjunct instructor of Chemistry. His email address is
Ahmad Samin is an adjunct instructor in Chemistry. His email address is
Vreni Huebner is an adjunct instructor in Chemistry. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org