Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Natural Sciences
Institute: Science & Technology
College: SAC

What is the Biological Sciences course of study?

The department of Biological Sciences supports the mission of the college in meeting the educational goals of students who are enrolled in college parallel, pre-professional, or technical/allied health programs. It also supports those seeking to expand their science literacy, or enhance their personal and professional development.

What will I learn?

The curricula include the traditional scientific knowledge base along with findings on modern discoveries. By accentuating the relevance of science in response to critical societal issues, students are taught how to apply theoretical knowledge to advance solutions. Through structured classroom and laboratory activities, students are challenged to think of science as a process that can best be learned through inquiry and experimentation.

What can I do with this course of study?

The Biology Department is cognizant of the needs of transfer students. The department has created eight degree plans and is in the process of negotiating articulation agreements with four neighboring institutions. We have developed an advising/tracking system as a means of better serving our student population and facilitating an increased graduation rate.

What's special about this course of study?

The department recognizes that the interaction between faculty and students is one of the most significant ingredients for student success. Therefore, access to the faculty is provided through small classes, regular posted office hours, and pairing of students with faculty advisors.

Students are taught how to apply theoretical knowledge to advance solutions.


Last updated: 5/6/2021

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Natural Sciences Department Administration

The Natural Sciences Department consists of two administrative positions.  

  • The Department Chair manages the department and collaborates with the college to ensure that the department is functioning to meet the college’s needs. 
  • The Program Coordinator assists the Department Chair with managing the program based on the standards and regulations of the accrediting body.

The Natural Sciences administrators for the department are:

 Teanna Staggs, Ph.D.  Shelly Sheppard
 Department Chair / Natural Sciences Department  Program Coordinator / Biology and Anthropology
 Chance Academic Center (CAC) Room 345  Chance Academic Center (CAC) Room 345C
 210-486-0840  210-486-0837


Staff Contact Information


 Academic Unit Assistant

 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 345    210-486-0840

 Susan Garza

 Biology Lab Technician

 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 352  210-486-0853

 Antonio (Tony) Alba

 Biology Lab Technician

 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 352  210-486-0853


Faculty Contact Information

Full-Time Faculty

 Mercedes Alba CAC 363 210-486-0849
 Deanna Apple CAC 365 210-486-0844
 Ryan Cabalu CAC 345E 210-486-0847
 Rachel Del Rio CAC 345D 210-486-0846
 Diane Farrell CAC 345G 210-486-0857
 Jonathan Grossheim CAC 365 210-486-0845
 Karl Hagenbuch CAC 345E 210-486-0854
 Jose Lopez-Yanez CAC 345G 210-486-0827
 Robyn McGilloway CAC 361 210-486-0855
 Amanda Pepin CAC 361 210-486-2852
 Luis Rodriguez CAC 359 210-486-0848
 Shelly Sheppard CAC 345C 210-486-0837
 Teanna Staggs CAC 345 210-486-0840


Adjunct Faculty

 John Adams CAC 345G
 Paul Deadrick CAC 345G
 Harley Hubbard CAC 345G
 Linda Mendoza CAC 345G
 Laura Mery CAC 345G
 Carolyn Miller CAC 345G
 Ashley Netting CAC 345G
 Celeste Windham CAC 345G
 Xhavit Zogaj CAC 345G


Contact Us

 Teanna Staggs, Ph.D.

 Department Chair


 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 345


 Shelly Sheppard

 Department Coordinator


 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 345C



 Academic Unit Assistant


 Chance Academic Center (CAC) 345


 Last update:  1/24/2023