Faculty information

Harlan ScottDr. Harlan Scott

Associate Professor of Biology (1994-2000; 2002-present) and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

Education:

  • B.A., Monmouth College, 1980
  • M.S., University of Illinois, 1983
  • Ph.D., ibid, 1991.

Research:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation: An Analysis of the Effect of Mutations in the Leader Region of the Threonine Operon of Escherichia coli on Attenuation or Transcription Termination
  • Masters Thesis:  The Inhibition of Adenovirus DNA Synthesis by Vesicular Stomatitis Virus

Courses taught:

  • BIO 1409 Biological Science
  • BIO 1459 General Biology lab section
  • BIO 2409 Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • BIO 3419 Microbiology
  • BIO 4372 Immunology
  • BIO 4439 Genetics
  • SCI 2104, 2204, 2304 Science/Medical Internship

 

Kristen HutchinsDr.  Kristen Hutchins

Associate Professor of Biology (2008-present) and Pre-Health Professions Advisor

Education:

  • B.A., Oauchita Baptist University, 2000
  • M.S., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2009.

Research:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Examining Science Professors’ Belief Systems about Inquiry-based Teaching in the Context of a Professional Development Program
  • Masters Thesis: Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training on the Mitochondrial Oxidation of Very-long Chain Fat, Medium-chain Fat, and Carbohydrate

Courses taught:

  • BIO 1459 General Biology lab section
  • BIO 2489 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 2499 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 4340 Neurobiology
  • BIO 4419 Advanced Physiology
  • GEN 1101 University Seminar

 

Amy KrestaMs. Amy Kresta

Instructor of Biology (2011-present)

Education:

  • B.A., Texas Lutheran College, 1991
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, 1999
  • ABD (Ph.D. in progress), Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

Research:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Baylisascaris procyonis in Raccoons: Characteristics, Distribution, and Zoonotic Potential in Texas
  • Masters Thesis: Effectiveness of a Conservation Education Program Changing Youth Knowledge About Wetlands

Courses taught:

  • BIO 1419 Life Science for Elementary Education
  • BIO 1479 General Animal Biology
  • BIO 2371 Nutrition
  • BIO 2429 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 4459 Biogeography
  • BIO 4479 Animal Behavior

 

Dr. Marilyn Mathis

Associate Professor of Biology (1999-present)

Education:

  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1966
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University, 1996
  • Ph.D., ibid, 2001.

Research:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation:  Deer Herbivory and Old Field Succession

Courses taught:

  • BIO 1409 Biological Science
  • BIO 1419 Life Science for Elementary Education
  • BIO 1489 General Plant Biology
  • BIO 3469 General Ecology
  • BIO 4000 TExES Review for Secondary Teachers
  • SCI 2318 Introductory Biostatistics

 

Dr. Craig Younce

Assistant Professor of Biology (2013-present)

Education:

  • B.S., Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2009.

Research:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation:  Zinc-Finger Protein, MCPIP, in Cell Death and Differentiation.

Courses taught:

  • BIO 1409 Biological Science
  • BIO 1410 Human Biology
  • BIO 1459 General Biology
  • BIO 2489 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 2499 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 3429 Cell Biology
  • GEN 1101 University Seminar