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What's Going On:

Fall Classes are filling fast.  Be sure to see your advisor soon.

Our Department:

The goal of the Science department is to develop students' understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. It is important that students develop an understanding of how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. It is also necessary that students develop an understanding of how science is shaped by historical and social contexts.

Our students will learn how to use the scientific method and how to develop and test hypotheses in order to draw defensible conclusions. They will learn how to evaluate scientific evidences and argument. They will learn how to describe not only the basic principles of the physical universe, but also the concepts of the nature, organization, and evolution of living systems. They will also learn how human choices have affected the earth and living systems.

Degree requirements:

Students earning an Associates of Arts degree are required to take at least 8-credit hours of science. Typically a student will take at least two science classes. A student is required to take one life science class and one physical science class. One of these classes must have a laboratory component.

Members of our Department:

The Science Department is staffed by ten full-time faculty members and numerous adjunct faculty members. 

Dr. Margaret Williams is the Science Department Chair.  Ms. Nancy Petersen is the Science Fair Coordinator. 

Our full-time instructors are:

Dr. Nathan Calkins

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Chemistry

(573) 518-2325

Office #15
ncalkins@MineralArea.edu

Chemistry of Alternative Energy

Introductory Chemistry

Organic Chemistry I and II

 

Dr. Rhonda Gamble 

Professor

Ph.D. Physiological Sciences

(573) 518-2195

Office #227
rhonda@MineralArea.edu

Environmental Science Lab

Essentials of Microbiology

Human Anatomy

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Physiology

Microbiology

Reading in Honors

Research in Honors

Ms. Sondra Kekec

Instructor

M.S. Chemistry

(573) 518-2171

Office #27

skekec@MineralArea.edu

Introductory Chemistry

Dr. Stephanie Knebel

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences

(573) 518-3846

Office #31
sknebel@MineralArea.edu

General Biology

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy Lab

General Genetics

Ms. Nancy Petersen

Associate Professor

M.S. Natural Sciences

(573) 518-2227

Office #231
npeterse@MineralArea.edu

Field Biology

General Biology

General Botany

General Zoology

Introduction to Biological Science

Local Flora

Ms. Jodi Rowland

Instructor

M.S. Natural Sciences

(573) 518-3824

Office #229

jrowland@MineralArea.edu

General Biology

Environmental Science

School Health

Dr. George Saum

Physics Instructor

Ph.D. Physics

(573) 518-2174

Office #223A
gsaum@MineralArea.edu

College Physics I and II

Engineering Mech - Dynamics

Engineering Mechanics - Statics

General Physics I and II

Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Introductory Astronomy

Physical Science

Ms. Liz Saunders

Instructor

M.S. Biology

(573) 518-2185

Office #33

esaunders@MineralArea.edu

General Biology

Mr. Brian Scheidt

Associate Professor

M.S. Geology

(573) 518-2314

Office #233
bscheidt@MineralArea.edu

Earth Science with lab

Earth Science I without lab

Earth Science II without lab

Introduction to Meteorology

Oceanography

Physical Geology

Dr. Margaret Williams

Professor

Ph.D. Chemistry

(573) 518-2150

Office #29
mwilliam@MineralArea.edu

General Chemistry I and II

Introductory Chemistry

Qualitative Analysis

   

Our adjunct instructors are:

Mr. Dan Green

Instructor

M.S. Natural Sciences

(573) 547-4143

drgreen@mineralarea.edu

General Biology

at Perryville, Fall 2015

Mr. Jim Hrouda

Professor Emeritus

M.S. Architectural Engineering

(573) 518-2352

Office #235

jimh@MineralArea.edu

Earth Science and Earth Science I

on the Main Campus, Spring 2015

Mr. Charles Limbaugh

Professor Emeritus

M.S. Chemistry

charlim@MineralArea.edu

Introductory Chemistry

on the Main Campus, Fall 2015

Ms. Nancy Lynch

Instructor

nlynch@mineralarea.edu

Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab

on the Main Campus, Spring 2015

Mr. F Bill Mayberry

Instructor

M. Education

(573) 438-2156, ext 43

fmayberry@mineralarea.edu

Earth Science

at Potosi, Fall 2015

Dr. Rebecca McClelland

Instructor

Ph.D. Plant Biology

(573) 547-4143

rmcclelland@mineralarea.edu

General Biology

at Perryville, Summer 2015

Ms. Katherine Perkins

Instructor

M.S. Geology

(573) 547-4143

kperkins@mineralarea.edu

Earth Science at Perryville, Fall 2015

Earth Science I at Fredericktown, Fall 2015

Ms. Michelle Soenksen

Instructor

M.S. Biology

(573) 783-7932

msoenksen@MineralArea.edu

General Biology

at Fredericktown, Fall 2015

Mr. Randy Reese

Instructor

M.S. Life Science

(573) 438-2156, ext 43

rreese@MineralArea.edu

General Biology

at Potosi, Fall 2015

Our dual-credit instructors are:
             

Ms. Rebecca Bales

Instructor

M.S. Natural Science

Introductory Chemistry

at Farmington High School, 2015-2016

Ms. Rebecca Henson

Instructor

M.S. Natural Science

General Biology

at Fredericktown High School, 2015-2016

Mr. Mike Logan

Instructor

M.S. Biology

General Biology

at Central High School, 2015-2016

Mr. Randy Reese

Instructor

M.S. Biology

General Biology

at Potosi High School, 2015-2016

Ms. Sharon Reeves

Instructor

M.S. Biology

Environmental Science, General Biology,

Human Anatomy and Physiology,

at Farmington High School, 2015-2016