Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences offers a challenging curriculum in biology or chemistry. Also, in cooperation with the Department of Education, the Department of Natural Sciences offers courses that certify graduates to teach science in secondary schools. The department provides classes and support activities that prepare students for standardized tests required for successful program completion and entry into graduate and professional schools. Classes also are offered in the department for non-majors to complete general physical and life science requirements.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Natural Sciences offers two (2) Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in Biology and one in Chemistry.


Special Programs: Biomedical (Pre-Medicine) Sciences

Stillman’s Biomedical Science (Pre-Medicine) Program provides a broad-based course of study in the liberal arts that makes it possible for a student to meet the requirements for biomedical graduate and professional programs (medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, etc.) while majoring in a specific discipline. To pursue a biomedical science course of study at Stillman, one may elect a program leading to a biology or chemistry degree. Stillman College students who successfully complete its rigorous Biomedical Science Program will meet the requirements for admission to both medical school and other professional programs and will possess the skills necessary for further success in that direction.


Criteria for admission to the Biomedical Science Program are listed below:

  • include a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • include appropriate high school courses in math, biology, chemistry, and physics.


A few courses to consider when pursuing a biomedical science course of study are listed below:

  • All Biology or Chemistry Major Required Courses
  • BMS 235: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • BIO 332: General Ecology
  • BIO 335: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 336: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 343: Biochemistry I
  • BIO 349: Microbiology
  • BMS 430: Public Health
  • BMS 434: Biochemistry II Metabolic Pathways and Clinical Applications
  • BMS 435: Medical Terminology


Persons interested in additional information about the Biomedical Science Program should contact the Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, Dr. Moses Darpolor at [email protected]


Career Options

Graduates with a degree in biology or chemistry are prepared for the following:

  • positions in industrial, academic, or government laboratories;
  • entry into graduate or professional schools to train for not only academic careers but also other various careers:
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical therapy
    • Public health
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Civil and mechanical engineering
    • Meteorology
    • Epidemiology
    • Health administration
    • Forensic sciences



Biology and Biomedical Science Courses

BIO 131: Life Science 3 credits

BIO 141: General Biology for Majors I 4 credits

BIO 142: General Biology for Majors II 4 credits

BIO 143: Biology for Education Majors I 4 credits

BIO 144: Biology for Education Majors II 4 credits

BIO 231: Zoology 3 credits

BIO 232: Plant Organization 3 credits

BIO 332: General Ecology 3 credits

BIO 334: Principles of Genetics 3 credits

BIO 335: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits

BIO 336: Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits

BIO 343: Biochemistry I 4 credits

BIO 349: Microbiology 4 credits

BIO 420: Senior Seminar in Biology 2 credits

BIO 431: Special Topics in Biology I 3 credits

BIO 432: Special Topics in Biology II 3 credits

BIO 433: Environmental Science 3 credits

BIO 448: Cell Physiology 4 credits

BMS 235: Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits

BMS 430: Public Health 3 credits

BMS 434: Biochemistry II Metabolic Pathways & Clinical Applications 3 credits

BMS 435 : Medical Terminology 3 credits


Chemistry Courses

CHM 141: General Chemistry I 4 credits

CHM 142: General Chemistry II 4 credits

CHM 247: Analytical Chemistry I 4 credits

CHM 248: Analytical Chemistry II 4 credits

CHM 343: Organic Chemistry I 4 credits

CHM 344: Organic Chemistry II 4 credits

CHM 345: Physical Chemistry I 4 credits

CHM 346: Physical Chemistry II 4 credits

CHM 420: Seminar in Chemistry 2 credits


Physics Courses

PHY 131 : Physical Science 3 credits

PHY 141 : Physical Science 4 credits

PHY 243 : Physics I 4 credits

PHY 244 : Physics II 4 credits


Student Engagement:

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (Summer Bridge)

The Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) Summer Bridge Program is a six-week academic opportunity funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for underrepresented minority students accepted to Stillman College for the fall and who plan to major in Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics.

Program Objectives:

The ALSAMP summer bridge program provides the following assistance to students:

  • Facilitate the transition of students from high school to Stillman To engage students early in Stillman academics
  • Prepare students for the rigorous schedule of STEM majors
  • Establish a faculty and staff support system for students
  • Establish a peer support group for students To increase the retention rate of students


Who Is Eligible?

A student must qualify according to the following:

  • Be an underrepresented minority high school senior accepted to Stillman for upcoming Fall Semester
  • Plan to major in Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have an ACT score of 19 or higher


Program Requirements:

Admitted students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Enroll in 9 hours of coursework: ENG 131, MAT 131, and REL 131
  • Participate in orientation, classes, workshops, and closing conference
  • Complete a career exploration project and poster
  • Hold no employment
  • Live in Stillman housing
  • Adhere to all Stillman policies and regulations and ALSAMP Bridge Program Guidelines
  • Participate in the Annual ALSAMP Conference (date to be determined)


Persons interested in additional information about the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Bridge Program should contact the director of ALSAMP at Stillman and Assistant Professor Dr. Lorra Hill at [email protected]


Faculty Members

Dr. Moses Darpolor

Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8937

[email protected]


Dr. Tasha Drake

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8914

[email protected]


Dr. Lisa Gary

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

[email protected]


Dr. Lorra Hill

Assistant Professor of Biology

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8898

[email protected]


Dr. Sher Kannar

Professor of Physics

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8039

[email protected]


Dr. Reginald Little

Associate Professor of Chemistry

[email protected]


Dr. Charlene Walton

Director, Undergraduate Biomedical Academy

[email protected]