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

Martha Ross
Biology Instructor
Ruby Carson Hall 236B
(205) 856-6036

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

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

Lori Naramore
Office Manager, Math & Biology
(205) 856-8521

Shelby-Hoover Campus

Thomas Baker
Biology Instructor
Health Science Building 220
(205) 983-5946

Meena Bej
Biology Instructor
Health Science Building 224
(205) 983-5942

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

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

Preston Wallace
Science Lab Coordinator
Health Science Building 207
(205) 983-5946

Seena Harris
Office Manager
Health Science Building 200
(205) 983-5934

Chilton-Clanton Campus

Kelley Black
Biology Instructor

Amanda Swindall
Biology Instructor
Chilton-Clanton Campus 123
(205) 280-8218

St. Clair-Pell City Campus

Courtney Fernandez Petty
Biology Instructor/Science Lab Coordinator
Pell City Campus 130
(205) 812 – 2723