Science / Mathematics Division

Science / Mathematics Division
Mission Statement

The mission of the Science/Mathematics Division at Monroe County Community College is to provide courses and necessary sequences for transfer, associate degrees, certificates and occupational programs, as well as the fulfillment of the college’s general education requirements in scientific and numeric literacy and in scientific inquiry.  

Areas of Study

MCCC offers a number of courses in psychology and a transfer pathway for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to major in psychology.  Courses offered at MCCC include General Psychology, Psychology of Personality/Adjustment, Child Psychology, Social Psychology, Life Span Psychology, Psychology of Human Sexuality and Abnormal Psychology.

The college also offers programs in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Paraprofessional.

Transfer Options

To access information about the psychology and other transfer pathways, go to the Transfer Options section of the college catalog.

Transfer Options

Biology is the study of life – the study of how life began, how living things are organized, how organisms function and how all life forms interact with each other. Biologists direct their interest in living things into observing and evaluating life processes.

Students interested in biology can seeking a career in biological research, natural resource management, agriculture, human health or education. Work may be outdoors, in a classroom, a laboratory, a research station or with a specialized research group. Students can also choose from one of the professional fields of medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physiology, microbiology, molecular biology, zoology or botany.

Biology at MCCC

MCCC provides students with a strong biology background to prepare them for careers or continuing education.   These key features that distinguish MCCC’s biology offerings:

  • A broad-based division with faculty well-versed in a variety of disciplines
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including a greenhouse, instructional models and a large collection of microscope slides for all courses
  • Independent study opportunities with faculty members
  • Preparatory courses to support allied health programs, including nursing, respiratory therapy and physical therapy.

MCCC offers the following biological sciences courses:  Biological Sciences I, Biological Sciences II, Introduction to Environmental Science, Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology, Elements of Botany, Elements of Zoology, Life in the Ocean, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Pathophysiology, General Microbiology and Fundamentals of Genetics.

Career Options

Transfer students who complete MCCC biology courses will find a variety of colleges and universities that offer degree programs in many biological career areas or pre-professional areas. It is suggested that students contact the four year schools that offer programs in these areas.

  • Cell biologist
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Fish and game warden
  • Forestry technician
  • Greenhouse grower
  • High school teacher
  • Medical doctor
  • Microscopist
  • Nurse (Bachelor of science)
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Plant biologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Zoologist

Transfer Options

To access information about the biology and other science transfer pathways, go to the Transfer Options section of the college catalog. 

Transfer Options

Monroe County Community College provides students with a strong chemistry
background to prepare for careers or professional study. These key features that distinguish MCCC's chemistry programs:

  • Faculty who are well-versed in a variety of disciplines
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Computers used by students in laboratory work
  • Other state-of-the-art instrumentation, such as FTIR, GC, polarimeter, visible spectroscopy and more
  • Up-to-date microscale organic labware

MCCC offers the following chemistry courses: Fundamental Principles of Chemistry, General College Chemistry I, General College Chemistry II, Chemistry and Society,  Fundamentals of Health-Science Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II. 

Career Options

Transfer students who complete MCCC chemistry courses will find a variety of colleges and universities that offer degree or pre-professional programs in many chemical career areas.  Students should contact the four-year schools that offer these programs.

  • Biochemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Mortuary science
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian

Transfer Options

To access information about the chemistry, environmental sciences and other science transfer pathways, go to the Transfer Options section of the college catalog. 

Transfer Options

“Nothing pertaining to humanity becomes us so well as mathematics. There, and only there, do we touch the human mind at its peak.”— Isaac Asimov

Mathematics is the study of numbers, shape, logic and dynamics.  Mathematicians work with theorems and come up with generalizations of problems, using algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, calculus, chaos theory, probability and logic.  Mathematics is also the “art of problem solving.” It is used to solve problems from determining planetary orbits to improving the speed of computer processing to analyzing the movement of fluids to making movies.

Mathematics at MCCC

MCCC provides students with a strong mathematics background to prepare them for careers or professional study. These key features that distinguish MCCC's mathematics programs:

  • Faculty who are well-versed in a variety of disciplines
  • Independent study opportunities with faculty members
  • Preparatory courses to support pre-professional and transfer curricula

Course offerings include Basic Mathematics Skills, Elementary Technical Mathematics, Technical Mathematics II, Mathematics for Allied Health, Mathematics for Business, Intermediate Algebra, Mathematics Explorations, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I, College Algebra, Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry, Math Applications in Engineering Technology, Introduction to Statistics, Precalculus, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II, Calculus I, Calculus II, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Calculus III and Introduction to Differential Equations.

Career Options

There are numerous careers in mathematics and related fields, such as actuarial science, accounting, elementary, secondary and higher education, consulting, among many others.

Transfer Options

To access information about the mathematics, general engineering and other transfer pathways, go to the Transfer Options section of the college catalog.

Transfer Options

MCCC offers an Introduction to Meteorology and Climate course.  This course provides an introduction to atmospheric processes that create daily weather patterns. Students study topics such as heat and energy, daily and seasonal temperatures, humidity, cloud development and precipitation types, air pressure and winds, development of pressure systems and fronts, weather forecasting and severe weather. Additionally, special emphasis is placed on local weather patterns, climatology and climate change.

The area of physical sciences connects many disciplines together through its focus on the earth and its components, from rocks and soils to the ocean and atmosphere.  Physical sciences courses at MCCC include Technical Physics, General Physics I, General Physics II, Engineering Physics I, Engineering Physics II, Introduction to Astronomy, Elements of Physical Geography, World Regional Geography, Introduction to Earth Science and Physical Science.

Transfer Options

To access information about the physical sciences, physics, general engineering, geology/earth sciences transfer pathways, go to the Transfer Options section of the college catalog.

Transfer Options

Faculty

B.S., St. Lawrence University
M.S., University of Connecticut
M.B.A. University of Toledo

Contact Information

(734) 384-4131, lbean@monroeccc.edu, L-224

B.S., University of Puerto-Rico-Humacao
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact Information

(734) 384-4256, mfonseca@monroeccc.edu, L-123

B.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Contact Information

(734) 384-4276, mfuertes@monroeccc.edu, L-222

B.S., University of Michigan-Flint
Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4292, mgrey@monroeccc.edu, L-225

B.S., Eastern Michigan University
M.A., Eastern Michigan University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4219, fmoorman@monroeccc.edu, L-118

D.E.C., Champlain Regional College
B.S., McGill University
M.S., University of Windsor
Ph.D., University of Windsor

Contact Information

(734) 384-4252,  mnaber@monroeccc.edu, L-212

B.S., University of North Carolina
M.S., University of Rhode Island

Contact Information

(734) 384-4213, trayl@monroeccc.edu, L-116

A.S., Jackson College
B.S., Michigan Technological University
M.A., Wesleyan University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4246, cnartker@monroeccc.edu, L-120

B.A., Siena Heights University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Contact Information

(734) 384-4132, kshepherd@monroeccc.edu, L-126

B.S., Central Michigan University
M.S., Central Michigan University
Ed.S., Wayne State University
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4277, rspalding@monroeccc.edu, L-220

B.E., University of Toledo
M.S.E., University of Toledo
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Contact Information

(734) 384-4247, jvallade@monroeccc.edu, L-211     

B.S., University of Michigan
M.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Ohio State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4130, pwahr@monroeccc.edu, L-117

B.Ed., University of Toledo
M.A., Michigan State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4197, swozniak@monroeccc.edu, L-118

Featured

The Math and Science Society is a student club. Its goal is to provide the students with a way to get involved with the college and their community, while at the same time meeting other students with similar interests. It is open to students with interests in astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics and general science. Contact any of the advisors for more info or to join: Kathy Shepherd at kshepherd@monroeccc.edu, Mark Naber at mnaber@monroeccc.edu or Michael Fuertes at mfuertes@monroeccc.edu.  

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Division Spotlight: Felice Moorman

Felice Moorman Felice Moorman, assistant professor and coordinator of early childhood education at MCCC, has recently led the program to two major milestones.  In 2019, the ECE program was selected to participate in a $1.25 million Department of Education grant awarded to the University of Toledo for a project to enhance the quality of preparation for future early childhood education professionals.  In 2018, the program was awarded accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is considered the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country.

Read more about the DOE Grant 

READ MORE ABOUT ECE PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Division Contact Information

Kevin Cooper

Dean
Phone Icon 734.384.4128
Building / Office IconL-126

Laurel Johnston

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Science/Mathematics
Phone Icon 734.384.4233
Building / Office IconL-126

Hours

Monday – Friday

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.