Biology

Mission Statement

The Biology Department offers courses in biology. These courses are part of the General Education core in our associate and certificate programs.

The mission of the Biology Department is consistent with the mission of Jefferson State Community College. The department provides biology courses appropriate for students majoring in both science and non-science disciplines. Our teaching aims to help prepare students for their future professions both inside and outside of the scientific field and also to be a more informed member of their community, able to make responsible decisions in biological matters.

The department will:

  • provide pre-professional programs that offer a structured, timely and comprehensive education.
  • provide quality instruction in freshman and sophomore level courses in biology that transfer to senior institutions, and that lead to associate degrees.
  • prepare students with strong content knowledge in biology with emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will allow them to meet their career goals.
  • advise students regarding choice of courses relevant to their academic major and senior institution. The Biology Department is committed to excellence in student advisement and career planning.
  • support public service activities by providing faculty expertise to government agencies, to industry, to educational systems and to professionals desiring additional scientific education or advice.

Faculty/Staff/Advisors

Jefferson Campus

Erin Arnold
Chair, Biology
Ruby Carson Hall 237D
(205) 856-6067
[email protected]

Evan Boitet
Biology Instructor
Ruby Carson Hall 242B
(205) 856-7735
[email protected]

Charles J. Venglarik
Biology Instructor
Ruby Carson Hall 242D
(205) 856-7730
[email protected]

Seantel Hopkins
Science Lab Coordinator
Ruby Carson Hall 239A
(205) 856-7791
[email protected]

Lori Naramore
Office Manager, Math & Biology
(205) 856-8521
[email protected]

Shelby-Hoover Campus

Thomas Baker
Biology Instructor
Health Science Building 220
(205) 983-5946
[email protected]

Meena Bej
Biology Instructor
Health Science Building 224
(205) 983-5942
[email protected]

Stephanie Miller
Biology Instructor/Advisor
Health Science Building 223
(205) 983-5947
[email protected]

Julie Parker
Biology Instructor/Advisor
Health Science Building 222
(205) 983-5211
[email protected]

Preston Wallace
Science Lab Coordinator
Health Science Building 207
(205) 983-5946
[email protected]

Seena Harris
Office Manager
Health Science Building 200
(205) 983-5934
[email protected]

Chilton-Clanton Campus

Kelley Black
Biology Instructor
[email protected]

Amanda Swindall
Biology Instructor
Chilton-Clanton Campus 123
(205) 280-8218
[email protected]

St. Clair-Pell City Campus

Amanda Swindall
Biology Instructor/Science Lab Coordinator
Pell City Campus 130
(205) 812-2723
[email protected]