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 Physical Sciences

Anthony Escuadro
Department Chair

The Physical Sciences Department at Harold Washington College is dedicated to offering high quality Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics laboratory courses which utilize proven educational tools in combination with advanced instructional technology. These courses provide students with the skills necessary to transfer and succeed in programs at universities and professional schools or to advance their careers.             

The Physical Sciences Department at Harold Washington College is also proud to offer high quality Astronomy, Geology, Physics, and​ Physical Science survey courses to serve the general education needs of students and provide them with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to function as scientifically literate citizens.              

The faculty of Department of Physical Sciences is composed of a highly talented group of scientists from world renowned institutions. They bring a wealth of education and experience from academia, industry, and clinical environments to provide Harold Washington students not only a conceptual understanding of science, but how these concepts apply in career paths.​​​​​​​​​​​    ​ ​  ​​




Faculty & Staff

Full-Time Fa​​​​​culty






Samar Ayesh ​Chemistry (312) 553-3036 903G
Chloe Branciforte ​Geology/Physical Science (312) 553-5790 903G
​Anthony Escuadro ​Physics (Department Chair) ​(312) 553-5683​ ​909
​Thomas Higgins ​Chemistry ​(312) 553-5791 ​903E
​Jaime Milllan ​Physics ​(312) 553-5789 ​903F
Raymond Tse ​Chemistry​ (312) 553-3211 903B
​Phillip Vargas​​ ​Astronomy/Physical Science/Physics ​(312) 553-3076 ​903E​
Allan Wilson ​Chemistry ​(312) 553-3147 ​903B

​Adjunct Fa​​culty (Fall 2023)



​Office​ ​​

​Fatimat Bakare-Batula ​903B
​​Floyd Bednarz ​online
​Likwan Chen​g ​ 903F
​​Mumtaz Hussain ​ 923
​Richard Jesik ​ online
​Afsoon Kazerouni ​ ​923
​Hiroaki Matsuda ​923
​Jeffrey Schmitz ​​​ ​903F
​​Steven Seidman ​ ​903G
​​Bruce Van Pelt ​ ​online
​Lurée Ward​ 923
​Maria Yermolina ​​ ​903B
Jieun Yoo ​​ ​online
​Zikri Yusof online

​Depart​​​ment Staff

Name​​​ Title Phone Email Office
​Chana Chapple ​Department Secretary ​(312) 553-5785 ​903
​Jessica Gorogianis ​Laboratory Coordinator ​(312) 553-6011 ​ ​907
​Eric Carrera ​Lab Assistant ​(312) 553-5792​ ​907

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Contact Information

(312) 553-5785
(312) 553-5786
30 E. Lake St.
Room 903
Chicago , IL 60601
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Monday–Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Winter Classes Start December 18