Welcome to the Science Department! Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career in the sciences or health-related fields? A Pre-Professional Science degree from Redlands can help you achieve those career goals as well as prepare you to continue studies in a wide range of areas at a four-year university.

You can choose from a variety of courses in life sciences, physical sciences, math and allied health sciences. We offer hands-on research courses, service learning options, honors projects as well as internships.  

Our faculty strive to provide you with a high-quality learning experience and one-on-one assistance to help you succeed!


Pre-Professional Sciences AS

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program are expected to fulfill the following educational outcomes:

  • Evaluate real world scientific issues affecting society.
  • Analyze data to reach a reasonable conclusion. 
  • Communicate the key points of the subject matter. 
  • Examine ethical dilemmas and possible resolutions

Kathleen Coughlan, Ph.D, Department Head of Science and Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Life Sciences
Office: ASC-110

Kathleen Coughlan earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Kathleen worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School Of Medicine. Her research spans the fields of neurobiology, cancer biology, immunology and cardiovascular biology. She teaches a variety of courses, including Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biology and Chemistry, and heads the Honors programs and NASA grant. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students at a variety of levels and is an advocate for student success through a variety of activities such as honors, service learning, research and one-on-one advising.  

Scotti Charmasson, MNAS, Professor of Agricultural Science and Biology
Office: AGH-110 and ASC-119

Scotti Charmasson is originally from Northwest Missouri where she grew up on a cattle ranch.  She attended Northwest Missouri State University where she competed on the livestock judging team before transferring to Oklahoma State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. After graduating from OSU, she went on to earn a Master of Natural and Applied Science from Missouri State University in Springfield.  Her graduate research focused on the reproductive cycles of the highly endangered Grand Cayman Blue Iguanas. While in graduate school, she also had the privilege of traveling around the country to help artificially inseminate and ultrasound several different exotic species with the main focus being on elephants. Scotti joined Redlands in 2008 and currently teaches biology in the Science Department and several agriculture classes, such as animal science, animal reproduction, and artificial insemination in the Agriculture Department. Scotti feels it is a huge blessing to be able to work at an institution where she can share her passion for animal-related science with her students.

Zachary Gutmann, M.S., Professor of Chemistry and Sciences
Office: ASC-225

Zach Gutmann earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Science from Arkansas State University, both in Chemistry. His research utilized microwave spectroscopy to investigate the rotational and vibrational properties of molecules involved in explosive materials. He has taught at Redlands since 2014, where student success is his priority. He has taught General Chemistry I & II, General Physics I & II, Physical Science, and Applied Research courses. Within these courses, he incorporates service learning, inquiry-guided learning, and other teaching styles designed to engage students in the material.

Brenda Allison Witt, M.S., Professor of Microbiology and Life Science
Office: ASC-109

Brenda Allison Witt earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma where her research focused on better understanding the effects of toxic algae on zooplankton communities in lakes. She joined Redlands in 2015 and teaches several courses including microbiology, anatomy and zoology. She enjoys sharing her passion for science with her students, is always happy to mentor students on honors, service learning, and research projects, and strives to find ways to teach outside of the classroom. Her most recent venture is exploring the distribution of freshwater sponges in Oklahoma.

Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) 

Redlands Community College is active in the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) which uses an inquiry-based teaching model in order to engage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The program allows students to present research at the national level as well as gives faculty the opportunity to participate in professional development. 


Redlands Community College is part of the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) grant program awarded by the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  OK-INBRE supports health science related research at Redlands through a summer internship program whereby selected students receive a monetary stipend to work alongside research scientists at various research colleges and universities within the state. In addition, the grant provides Redlands financial support for faculty professional development, research and community outreach.

NASA-Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium

As part of the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium (OKSG), Redlands Community College is receives grant-based funding from NASA to support a variety of programs, including paid student STEM-based internships, tuition waivers for research-based courses, NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program and STEM scholarships.


Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Part A program provides increased class options and career guidance in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The STEM-related grant is designed to enhance opportunities for Native American, first-generation, disabled or low-income students. The grant has resulted in the development and expansion of aquaculture and hydroponics laboratories.

Oklahoma Academy of Science

Redlands students have the opportunity to participate in a statewide research conference through the Oklahoma Academy of Science which is held during the Fall semester. The students present an oral or poster presentation over their research.

Southern Plains Climate Hub

Through the Southern Plains Climate Hub, Redlands partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to develop and deliver regional, science-based information to partners and producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas that enables climate-smart decision making.