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Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences

Mission Statement

The Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences seeks to encourage an attitude of discovery and critical analysis along with a genuine interest in the sciences. We strive to offer a wide variety of introductory and second-year college science courses that not only challenge students' traditional views of science, but build scientific skills that create a sound foundation which students will use when viewing the world around them.

Goal Statement

Our goal is to offer diversified science courses that are relevant and provide students the knowledge and experience to pursue further studies in the sciences or simply participate in a modern society dominated by science and technology. Our emphasis is on an understanding of modern scientific methodologies, including current methods of scientific experimentation, as well as up-to-date laboratory techniques and equipment.

Curriculum Programs Offered by the Science Department

  • Biology
    • Pre-Baccalaureate Allied Health Emphasis
    • Pre-Baccalaureate Nursing
    • Biology – Science with Biology Concentration
  • Chemistry
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Chemistry – Science with Chemistry Concentration
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Biotechnology

Learning Outcomes

Through their experiences within the Science Department, students will:

  • Gain critical knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, and clinical research, and engineering
  • Develop analysis and critical thinking skills required for success in scientific endeavors
  • Explore individual scientific interests through expanded learning opportunities
  • Actively and effectively participate in collaborative learning experiences as well as individual accountability to maximize academic and social growth
  • Effectively utilize technology, such as computers and laboratory equipment, for learning, research, direct investigation, and experimental analysis
  • Be encouraged to become involved in activities, such as clubs, field trips, enrichment classes etc., that enhance the understanding of the physical and natural sciences
  • Relate and apply abstract concepts to concrete, real-world problems
  • Become aware of the role and responsibility of the scientific community
  • Prepare qualified students to successfully apply to professional health programs or undergraduate studies in science or health related fields

Faculty Contacts for Academic Programs

  • Steve Shore - Chemistry, Program Coordinator
  • Raul Ramirez - Biological Sciences, Program Co-Coordinator
  • George Risinger - Biological Sciences, Program Co-Coordinator
  • Fabiola Janiak-Spens - Biotechnology, Program Director
  • Kim Kyker - Clinical Research Coordinator, Program Coordinator

Faculty Contacts for Program Courses

  • Biotechnology - Fabiola Janiak-Spens
  • Cell Biology - George Risinger
  • Clinical Research - Kim Kyker
  • Concepts in Science - Kim Kyker
  • Ecology and Environmental Issues - John McMurray
  • General Biology/Lab I (majors) - Raul Ramirez and George Risinger
  • General Biology/Lab II (majors) - John McMurray
  • General Biology/Lab (non majors) - Sherri Arthur
  • General Botany - John McMurray
  • General Chemistry I - Changjiang Zhu
  • General Chemistry II - Courtney Vahlberg
  • General Zoology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy – Roger Choate
  • History of Life on Earth - Julian Hilliard
  • Human Anatomy - Julian Hilliard
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Roger Choate
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Steve Kash
  • Human Physiology - Kim Kyker
  • Introductory Nutrition - Brenda Breeding
  • Microbiology - Brenda Breeding
  • Organic Chemistry I - Kristy Bailey
  • Organic Chemistry II - Bruce Bailey
  • Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry - Steve Shore

Online Courses

  • General Biology with Lab (non majors) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • General Biology without Lab (non majors) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • General Biology Lab (separate option) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • Genetics and Man - George Risinger
  • Chemistry Around Us - Courtney Dodd
  • Clinical Research - Kim Kyker
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Sonya Williams
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Sonya Williams
  • Introductory Nutrition - Brenda Breeding