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Natural Sciences (Biological Sciences)

Cornelia Forrester

The mission of the Natural Sciences Department is to provide a high quality education that will enable students to investigate how the world functions through systematic observation, experimentation, and analysis. By analyzing the natural world, they will be able to understand the laws, principles, and theories useful in explaining natural phenomena, and in guiding further scientific study. Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. They will also gain an appreciation of how an understanding of the basic sciences can lead to applications which enhance our lives.

The purpose of the Natural Science courses is to cultivate scientific thinking in our
students and enable them to:

  1. Raise vital scientific questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.
  2. Gather and assess relevant scientific data and information, using abstract ideas to interpret them effectively.
  3. Come to well-reasoned scientific conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
  4. Think open-mindedly within convergent systems of scientific thought, recognizing and assessing assumptions, implications, and practical consequences.
  5. Communicate effectively with others in proposing solutions to relatively complex scientific problems.

Upon completion of Natural Science courses:

  • Students will be able to read, understand, and critically evaluate scientific information and apply it to their personal and professional lives.  
  • Students will be able to utilize the scientific method and apply scientific principles to solve problems.  
  • Students will be able to understand essential scientific principles.    
  • Students will be able to communicate scientific information in both oral and written formats.  
  • Students will be able to analyze the relationships between science and society, recognizing the role of science in global dynamics.  
  • Students will be able to exhibit proficiency in operating scientific equipment.  
  • Students will be able to identify reliable sources of scientific information.   

The Natural Sciences Department is comprised of the following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Physical Science



Faculty & Staff

1) Prof. Jacqueline M. Krueger
Educational background: MS in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), BA in Psychology (Cornell University)
Office: Room 3410 ** Phone: 773-291-6503
Courses taught: Microbiology 233, Biology 107
Interests: Assisting underrepresented students gain admission to graduate-level programs, standardized test preparation

2) Dr. Liza M. Mohanty
Educational background: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), BSc  in Biological Sciences (University of Alberta)
Office: Room 3123 ** Phone: 773-291-6505 
Courses taught: Biology 114, 115, 121, 227 and Microbiology 233
Interests: environmental and occupational health, infectious diseases, nutrition and wellness, neuroscience

3) Dr. Maretha E. Roberts
Educational background: Ph.D. in human Genetics (Howard University) ** Office: Room 3415 ** Phone: 773-291-6499
Courses taught: Biology 107, 115, 116, 121
Interests: glucose metabolism, cellular respiration

4) Dr. Oliver Pergams
Educational background: Ph.D. and MS in Biological Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), Post-doctoral fellow (University of Illinois at Chicago), University of Chicago (BSc)
Office: Room 3411 ** Phone: 773-291-6502 
Courses taught: Biology 114, 119, 121, 122, 299
Interests: conservation biology, evolutionary biology, conservation sociology, conservation economics.

5) Prof. Stephen A. Smith
Educational background: MBA and MS (Biology), PhD in Science Education (in progress)
Office: Room 3226 ** Phone: 773-291-6529 
​Courses taught: Biology 114, 115, 121, 121, 116
Interests: technology development, translational research, sports (all kinds)

6) Dr. Jacqueline Witherspoon
Educational background: MD (Rush University), Residency (Cook County Hospital)
Room: 3116 ** Phone: 773-291-6356
Courses taught: Biology 107, 120, 121, 226, 227 and Pharmacology 103

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Chicago, IL 60628
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