Welcome to the Mathematics & Science Department!
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based careers are pivotal in shaping today’s society. From the use of mathematics to project rocket trajectories, to drone technology assistance in areas devastated by natural disasters to cutting edge medical treatments that enhance patient outcomes, STEM based fields play a significant role in everyday life.
The Redlands Community College Mathematics & Science Department offers the Pre-Professional Science degree (PPS) that will allow you to obtain a high-quality learning experience in a multitude of courses in life sciences, physical sciences, math and allied health sciences. In addition, we encourage students to reach outside of the classroom and participate in hands-on research through research based courses, service learning options, honors projects as well as internships. Our grant funded programs in STEM based fields allow for a multitude of opportunities for our students.
Redlands Community College Mathematics & Science Department offers courses that are used to satisfy the general education requirements for a multitude of degrees on campus.
Whether a STEM major or taking our general education courses to fulfill a degree plan we strive to provide classes that will fit your schedule in a format that works for you, from a traditional classroom setting with daytime and evening classes to online courses. You will find a full spectrum of math and science courses. We also offer developmental math classes and have STEM tutoring centers on campus to help you get up to speed and ready for the next level. If you aren’t sure which math class you should take, visit with an advisor or take the Accuplacer assessment test.
Our faculty strive to provide you with a learner-centered environment and one-on-one assistance to help you succeed in reaching your goals.
Redlands Community College provides a learner-centered environment committed to academic excellence strengthened through service and civic engagement.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Gokul Kadel, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Gokul Kadel joined the Redlands Mathematics Department in 2018. He teaches variety of undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses offered by the department in the traditional face-to-face and online formats. Dr. Kadel earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Master of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His primary research interests are in the area of Functional Analysis, and he has published his research articles in renowned peer-reviewed journals and has delivered research talks in regional and national level conferences. Before joining Redlands, Dr. Kadel held the position of Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Cameron University in Lawton where he taught courses ranging from developmental to upper division mathematics while being actively involved in the department’s undergraduate research program.
Peggy Clifton, Professor of Mathematics
Peggy Clifton earned her Master of Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and completed the majority of her undergraduate course work at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma Baptist College with a minor in Mathematics. She joined Redlands in 1993 and has taught Statistics, Trigonometry, College Algebra, Basic Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and General College Math. She has also worked for various textbook publishers reviewing mathematics textbooks. Prior to teaching at Redlands, Peggy taught in private high schools in Tennessee and Oklahoma. Peggy’s mother dreamed of becoming a teacher and inspired her daughters to pursue teaching. Peggy’s three sisters, brother-in-law, and niece are all educators at the college or high school level. Peggy enjoys cross-stitch, her flower garden, church, traveling with her husband and spoiling her grandchildren.
Lisa Kastl, Professor of Mathematics
Lisa Kastl earned a Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She didn’t use her engineering degree for long, but did meet her husband in a course called Design Stress Analysis, so the four and a half years wasn’t entirely wasted. Before coming to Redlands in 2014, she was a manager at Seagate Technology, a computer disc drive manufacturer. Her team managed the Learning Management system that serviced more than 50,000 employees all over the world, and also created and deployed both synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Prior to her time at Seagate, she was an adjunct Math and Engineering professor at Redlands. Her hobbies include her granddaughter, Wilsy (she's less a hobby, and more a profession) and knitting for her family.
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.
NASNTI Part A
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.