Science Department

Mission Statement

The Science Department at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is an active part of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics. We seek to encourage an attitude of discovery and critical analysis along with a genuine interest in the sciences. We strive to offer a wide variety of introductory and second-year college science courses that not only challenge students' traditional views of science, but build scientific skills that create a sound foundation which students will use when viewing the world around them.

Goal Statement

Our goal is to offer diversified science courses that are relevant and provide students the knowledge and experience to pursue further studies in the sciences or simply participate in a modern society dominated by science and technology. Our emphasis is on an understanding of modern scientific methodologies, including current methods of scientific experimentation, as well as up-to-date laboratory techniques and equipment.

Curriculum Programs Offered by the Science Department

  • Biology
    • Pre-Baccalaureate Allied Health Emphasis
    • Pre-Baccalaureate Nursing
    • Biology – Science with Biology Concentration
  • Chemistry
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Chemistry – Science with Chemistry Concentration
  • Physics
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering

Learning Outcomes

Through their experiences within the Science Department, students will:

  • Gain critical knowledge in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, clinical research, and engineering
  • Develop analysis and critical thinking skills required for success in scientific endeavors
  • Explore individual scientific interests through expanded learning opportunities
  • Actively and effectively participate in collaborative learning experiences as well as individual accountability to maximize academic and social growth
  • Effectively utilize technology, such as computers and laboratory equipment, for learning, research, direct investigation, and experimental analysis
  • Be encouraged to become involved in activities, such as clubs, field trips, enrichment classes etc., that enhance the understanding of the physical and natural sciences
  • Relate and apply abstract concepts to concrete, real-world problems
  • Become aware of the role and responsibility of the scientific community
  • Prepare qualified students to successfully apply to professional health programs or undergraduate studies in science or health related fields

Faculty Contacts for Academic Programs

  • Greg Holland – Engineering, Program Director
  • Steve Shore - Physical Sciences and Chemistry, Program Coordinator
  • Raul Ramirez - Biological Sciences, Program Co-Coordinator
  • George Risinger - Biological Sciences, Program Co-Coordinator
  • Fabiola Janiak-Spens - Biotechnology, Program Director
  • Kim Kyker - Clinical Research Coordinator, Program Coordinator

Faculty Contacts for Program Courses

  • Biotechnology - Fabiola Janiak-Spens
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Research - Kim Kyker
  • College Physics - Michael Low
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Concepts in Science - Kim Kyker
  • General Astronomy - Tad Thurston
  • Earth Sciences - Gary Houlette
  • Ecology and Environmental Issues - John McMurray
  • Engineering - Greg Holland
  • Engineering Physics I - Tad Thurston
  • Engineering Physics II - Tad Thurston
  • General Biology/Lab I (majors) - Raul Ramirez and George Risinger
  • General Biology/Lab II (majors) - John McMurray
  • General Biology/Lab (non majors) - Sherri Arthur
  • General Botany - John McMurray
  • General Chemistry I - Changjiang Zhu
  • General Chemistry II - Courtney Vahlberg
  • General Geology - Gary Houlette
  • General Zoology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy – Roger Choate
  • History of Life on Earth - Julian Hilliard
  • Human Anatomy - Julian Hilliard
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Roger Choate
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Steve Kash
  • Human Physiology - Carl Hirtzel
  • Introductory Nutrition - Brenda Breeding
  • Microbiology - Ron Scribner
  • Organic Chemistry I - Kristy Bailey
  • Organic Chemistry II - Bruce Bailey
  • Physical Sciences – Ivana Pavic
  • Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry - Steve Shore

Online Courses

  • General Biology with Lab (non majors) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • General Biology without Lab (non majors) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • General Biology Lab (separate option) - George Risinger and Raul Ramirez
  • Genetics and Man - George Risinger
  • Chemistry Around Us - Courtney Dodd
  • Clinical Research - Kim Kyker
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Sonya Williams
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Sonya Williams
  • Introductory Nutrition - Brenda Breeding
  • General Astronomy - Max Simmons