Science Department


Welcome to the Sciences Department!

Education in the sciences provides students with a means to explore and understand the world in which we live. The TRCC Science Department offers a broad range of courses in areas such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, oceanography, physics, and environmental science. Whether you are seeking degree completion, transfer to a four-year institution, or want to take courses for personal interest, we have the right course for you! The department encourages all interested students to come for a visit, to sit down with our highly qualified faculty and to tour our many modern science labs.

Programs of Interest


Vandana Basu

B.A., Vassar College; Ph.D., University of ConnecticutScience Department Chemistry Lecturer
C170 (860) 215-9429
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Michael Carta

B.A., M.S., University of DaytonScience Department Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: C168 (860) 215-9413 Faculty Office Hours
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William Dopirak Jr.

A.S., Mohegan Community College; B.S., Eastern Connecticut State University; M.A. Central Connecticut State UniversityScience Department Professor of Natural Sciences
Office: C130 (860) 215-9424 Faculty Office Hours
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Diba A Khan-Bureau

A.S., Thames Valley State Technical College; B.S., University of Connecticut; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic University; Ph.D., University of ConnecticutScience Department Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering Technology
Office: C264 (860) 215-9443 Faculty Office Hours
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Robert B Niedbala

B.S., Lowell Technological Institute; M.S., Trinity CollegeScience Department Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Office: C224 (860) 215-9458 Faculty Office Hours
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Donald D Pascal Jr.

M.A., Indiana State University; Ph.D., Ecology and SystematicsScience Department Full-time Lecturer of Chemistry
Office: C150 (860) 215-9461 Faculty Office Hours
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Nicola H Ricker

B.S., University of Connecticut; M.S. University of New HavenScience Department Assistant Professor of Science
Office: C270 (860) 215-9474 Faculty Office Hours
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Leslie J Samuelson

B.A., University of California at San Diego; M.S., San Diego State UniversityScience Department Dept Chair & Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Office: C238 (860) 215-9467 Faculty Office Hours
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Sarah B Selke

B.S., Bates College; Ph.D., University of FloridaScience Department Professor of Biology
Office: C214 (860) 215-9470 Faculty Office Hours