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.


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]

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

Lori Naramore
Office Manager, Math & Biology
Ruby Carson Hall 237
(205) 856-8521
[email protected]

Shelby-Hoover Campus

Stephanie Miller
Chair, Biology
Biology Instructor
JMB 220
(205) 983-5947
[email protected]

Julie Maharrey
Biology Instructor/Advisor
JMB 222
(205) 983-5211
[email protected]

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

Charles Raymond
Biology Instructor
JMB 224
(205) 983-5942

Zareen Dodwad-Khan
Biology Instructor
JMB 223
(205) 983-5948

Seena Harris
Office Manager
JMB 200
(205) 983-5934
[email protected]

Crystal Wheeler
Biology Instructor
JMB 225
(205) 983-5943

Chilton-Clanton Campus

Kelley Black
Biology Instructor
Chilton Clanton Campus 101
[email protected]

St. Clair-Pell City Campus

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