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General Education Divisions

Academic Services

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Behavioral and Social Sciences

Anthropology is the scientific study of people through time and space. Anthropologists are interested in the entirety of the human condition; you name it, and an anthropologist has probably studied it (or is thinking about studying it).  People are fascinating!  Some of the many topics that anthropologists address are culture and how it shapes us; ethnicity and race; language and communication; religion; and gender.

By understanding these concepts we can better understand both ourselves and others.  With greater understanding comes more positive social interactions.

Anthropology courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees. The Anthropology Department offers morning, afternoon, hybrid, and online classes. The main courses we offer are:

  • ANT101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT130: Introduction to Comparative Religion
  •  ANT160: Cultural Diversity in the Modern World
  • ANT220: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 235: Food and Culture

 

Department Head:

Dr. Jane Peters
Southwest and Downtown campuses
(502) 213-7129

Our world has been and continues to be home to countless people and societies, each of which leave an important story behind them. Some of these stories have directly shaped the world we live in today, while others lie buried in the ancient past. By stepping outside of their own time and place, students gain an important perspective on their own world. In college level history classes, students learn both historical content and important critical thinking skills which they can apply in their other classes, in their careers, and as informed citizens. By analyzing secondary and primary source texts in historical contexts, students begin to learn how history is written. Put more plainly, we will teach you what we know about the past, but also HOW we know it.  

All of our classes fulfill the KCTCS Heritage Requirement for graduation. Many of them also fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement. We offer many classes each semester, but our four most offered classes are 

  • HIS 101 World Civilization I 
  • HIS 102 World Civilization II 
  • HIS 108 History of the United States Through 1865
  • HIS 109 History of the United States Since 1865 

Other Courses Offered

  • HIS 240: History of Kentucky
  • HIS 260: African American History to 1865
  • HIS 261: African American History 1865 to the Present
  • HIS 265: History of Women in America

Political Science 

The study of politics includes many perspectives and encourages you to better understand your own values and perspective.  It utilizes philosophy, history, and comparative analysis. Then, you'll use those perspectives to examine governments, political movements, policies, and politics. Your knowledge will enable you to become a more informed, more active citizen as you take part in the political process in an informed way. You'll also learn to scrutinize both your own and other value systems. 

A sound foundation in Political Science paves the way for many opportunities. This includes studies at a four-year institution, or graduate and professional schools (including law school). You can also go into other professional fields. Some fields include public service, nongovernmental employment, civic engagement, and political activism. These fields can be at the local, state, national, and international levels 

All of our classes fulfill the KCTCS Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement for graduation. Our most offered class is:

  • POL 101 American Government  

We also Offer:

  • POL 235: World Politics

 

Department Head:

History & Political Science
Amy Liebert
Office: Seminary Building  
(502) 213-7906

Welcome to the Psychology Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Psychology is the scientific study of the relationship between brain function, the environment, and behavior. We invite you to explore the importance of psychological science in the real world. The American Psychological Association Divisions (or groups) reflect the vast diversity of psychology as a scientific discipline. The American Psychological Association Research in Action (APA) website provides examples of the application and value of psychological research in our everyday lives. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) also offers resources on how psychological science contributes to the improvement of human welfare.

Psychology courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees. The Psychology Department offers daytime, evening, hybrid, and online classes on several of Jefferson's campuses. The four main courses we offer are:

  • PSY 110: General Psychology
  • PSY 223: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 230: Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
  • PSY 298: Essentials of Abnormal Psychology

 

Psychology Department Head: 

Betsy Langness
Shelby County Campus, Room 113L
(502) 213-3614

Religious studies is an academic field that studies religious beliefs, behaviors and institutions, and the impact these have on the individual, society and culture. Religious Studies draws upon multiple disciplines and their methodologies such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, and literature.  Therefore, it attempts to describe, compare, interpret, and explain religious phenomena systematically in relation to society as a whole.  It emphasizes a historical based, cross-cultural perspective, recognizing the ways in which religion both shapes, and is shaped by, changing socio-cultural forms. It involves critical reflection on the role and value of religious communities with respect to both past and contemporary problems and issues.

The Religious Studies Department at JCTC offers two classes:  

  1. REL 101 (Introduction to Religion Studies) and
  2. REL 130 (Introduction to Comparative Religion).  This class is also cross-listed as ANT 130.   

Religious Studies courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees.  Both classes can be used as a general education requirement in Social & Behavioral Science OR Humanities. Both classes also meet the requirement of Cultural Diversity. 

If you would like more information about this area or classes we offer please contact: 

 

Religious Studies Department Head: 

Autumn Betts
Shelby Campus, Room 113 G.  
(502) 213-3638 

The American Sociological Association has identified Sociology as the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious traditions; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. (21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, 2014)

Students interested in Sociology are encouraged to view the following explanation of What is Sociology

The Sociology Department at Jefferson exemplifies the college’s mission to transforms lives and communities through educational excellence in an inclusive environment that opens doors for all of our students. Within the discipline of Sociology students will find a myriad of diverse course work, most of which fits the Behavioral and Social Sciences requirements for Jefferson’s two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences degrees and the technical degree programs (AAS). Students must begin with an Introductory SOC101 course, but then may gain credits as they progress through their degree by exploring fascinating topics such as Social Psychology, Modern Social Problems, Deviant Behavior, Inequality in Society, Media, Pop Culture, Family, and can even learn about Population Resources and the Environment.

The Sociology Department offers the following courses:

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 151 Social Interaction 
  • SOC 152 Modern Social Problems
  • SOC 230 Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 235 Inequality in Society
  • SOC 249 Media, Society, and Culture

To get registered for a Sociology course, setup an appointment today with an advisor: 

 

Sociology Department Head

Shaun Dixon
Downtown Campus-Seminary Building
(502) 213-5115

English

Welcome to the English Division at Jefferson!  

Whether you’re looking for an excellent foundation in research and academic writing, a creative writing class, or a literature class; wanting to explore African American Studies or learn to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); or interested in examining the impact of gender, sexuality, race, and class on human experience through Women’s and Gender Studies, you’ll find that and much more right here. We’re glad you’re here.

We offer an array of English courses as well as interdisciplinary certificates in African American studies, TESOL, and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) that can stand alone or be embedded in Associate degrees. With careful academic advising students can earn a Certificate at the same time as an Associate degree for the same money and number of classes. 

We offer a mix of daytime, evening, hybrid, and online classes on Jefferson's campuses. Our courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science degree, and general education requirements for Associate in Applied Science degrees.

Our faculty are committed to developing and teaching courses centered on intersectional, inclusive curricula that engages and challenges students while preparing them for transfer or any number of careers.

We’re invested in student experiences in and out of the classroom.  English faculty publish the Jefferson Review, the college’s literary arts magazine, advise student organizations such as the English Club, Social Justice Advocates, and the Southwest campus chapter of Crosswalk, the LGBTQ organization. 

To learn more click on the department and program pages, or contact:

Professor Jill Adams
Dean of English
(502) 213-2364
jill.adams@kctcs.edu

The African American Studies department offers interdisciplinary courses that provide students with a comprehensive study of the African American, African, and Caribbean experience. These courses are transferrable to a four-year institution, including those offering a B.A in African American Studies. While the core courses focus on communications, history, music, art, and literature, certificate electives allow students to expand upon their cultural knowledge. The African American Studies department consists of dedicated faculty with terminal degrees in their areas of specialization. Our department’s faculty present at the annual Unity Arts Festival to give students additional opportunities to learn about the African American experience in the humanities and social sciences.

Courses Offered

  • ART 205 African American Art
  • COM 299 African American Communication
  • ENG 264 Major Black Writers
  • HIS 260 Introduction to African American History to 1865
  • HIS 261 Introduction to African American History, 1865-Present
  • MUS 207 African American Music History

Program Coordinators

Professor Marlisa Austin
 
Dr. Susan Lee

We offer a variety of courses designed to strengthen students’ writing and critical thinking skills at both the developmental and college-ready levels.  Our courses offer preparation for transfer to four-year schools as well as the workforce.  By enhancing students’ ability to both think critically about, and respond to, the discourse of the world around them, we help open doors for all.

Our highest-enrolling classes ENG 101 and 102 are required for nearly every degree at Jefferson, and along with our range of literature, film, and intro to humanities courses directly support any career path and community involvement.

English Department Course Offerings

  • ENC 96 Developmental Writing
  • ENG 100 Writing Workshop
  • ENG 101 College Writing I
  • ENG 102 College Writing II
  • ENG 161 Intro to Literature
  • ENG 203 Business Writing
  • ENG 204 Technical Writing
  • ENG 207 Creative Writing
  • ENG 233 Literature and Identities (including LGBTQ literature)
  • ENG 234 Intro to Women’s Literature
  • ENG 264 Major Black Writers
  • ENG 281 Intro to Film
  • HUM 120 Intro to Humanities

Our creative and dynamic faculty also sponsor the Jefferson Review, a literary arts magazine, and The English Club student organization.  Come write, read, watch movies, and get published with us. 

For information and to learn more, contact:

 

English Department Head

Professor Michael Estes
(502) 213-5069

Humanities

Humanities Division Departmental Offerings and Contact Information

The Humanities Division at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC) invites you to explore the rich diversity of human experience and expression through the courses available in this division.  We encourage you to become a well-educated individual by engaging in the pursuit of human excellence in how you think, learn, communicate, and solve problems through the humanities. 

Classes in the humanities can jump-start your creativity and strengthen your critical thinking skills as you examine yourself, your interests, and beliefs. Studying the humanities will so challenge your ideas and thoughts as you learn about the world and people around you. These classes will also develop the soft skills desired in most work environments, enabling you to interact effectively with others.

Join us in a humanities class to gain insights about the past, learn about what connects us to our present environment, as well to as other cultures, so you can be better prepared for a bright future! 

Dr. Amy Stewart, Dean
Humanities Division
Seminary Building West, Room 109
(502) 213-2290
AmyS.Stewart@kctcs.edu
 

The Department of Communication Studies offers freshman and sophomore courses in the study of the process of communication. Communication studies courses prepare students for success in healthcare fields and careers in public relations, public affairs and lobbying, multicultural community relations, organizational communication, human resources, digital media, marketing communications, and broadcasting. Communication courses develop strong critical reasoning, writing, verbal and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of communication contexts. LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs Report found that soft skills, including oral communication, leadership, and time management, make up nearly half the list of skills that potential employees lack.

Graduates with soft skills, such as verbal communication and leadership, top the list of skills sought by employers. The Communication Studies Department also offers a certificate in Business Communication. This supports the Jefferson mission to offer courses designed to prepare individuals to excel in the workforce and at baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions. We offer in-person, hybrid, and online courses on Jefferson’s five campuses.

Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Department of Communication Studies is a member of the National Communication Association.

Courses Offered

  • COM 101: Introduction to Communications
  • COM 181: Basic Public Speaking
  • COM 249: Mass Media Communication
  • COM 252: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 205: Business and Professional Communication satisfies the Oral Communication requirement for an associate degree in the KCTCS system.
  • COM 254: Introduction to Intercultural Communication satisfies the Cultural Studies requirement for an associate degree. 
  • JAT 241: Communication Practicum – The Communication Internship Program offers practical real-world experience through placement in internships. 

 

Communication Department Head

Mona F. Leonard, Professor
Department Head
Seminary Building West, Office 308- Downtown Campus
(502) 213-5066
mona.leonard@kctcs.edu

The English as a Second Language Program is designed for those who want to enhance their English skills to be able to pursue a college degree or competently use English in their daily lives.  Therefore, the purpose of ESL courses is to prepare students for college-level courses and for academic and technical programs at the College.  Students also improve their ability to communicate in the workplace and community.

Four developmental levels are offered:  First, Beginning, Low-Intermediate, and High-Intermediate.  Each level offers courses in reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.  Students can begin studies in the fall, spring, or summer semester.  ESL offers both morning and evening courses.  Most ESL courses are in-person.  However, ESL does offer several online courses every semester. In addition to developmental ESL courses, the college also offers some ESL-friendly college-level courses such as ENG 101, ENG 102, Psychology, Communication, Music, Medical Terminology, Art, and others.

Courses Offered:

  • ESL 31 Reading and Vocabulary
  • ESL 41 Writing and Grammar
  • ESL 51 Introduction to College Reading
  • ESL 71 Foundations of College Writing I
  • ESL 81 Basic Grammar I
  • ESL 52 Improved College Reading
  • ESL 72 Foundations of College Reading II
  • ESL 82 College Grammar II
  • ESL 53 High-Intermediate College Reading
  • ESL 63 Foundations of College Writing III

Tuition for ESL classes is calculated by credit hour.

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ESL Department Chair

Victoria Lyalina
Downtown Campus
Seminary Building, 346
(502) 213-5054

The JCTC Fine Art Department offers general education classes and art studio courses transferable to 4-year art programs. While foundation courses in drawing and design are emphasized, media specific courses in painting and ceramics are also offered to support transfer to BFA programs and as pre-requisites for art therapy and art education degrees. Dedicated professors with terminal degrees assist with portfolio development, transfer applications and career counseling. Other activities include an annual campus art festival, visiting artists, student art club and an on-campus art gallery.

Courses Offered:

  • ART 100 Intro to Art
  • ART 104 Introduction to African Art
  • ART 105 Ancient thru Medieval Art History
  • ART 106 Renaissance thru Modern Art History
  • ART 108 Introduction to World Art
  • ART 109 Women in Art & Art History
  • ART 110 Drawing I
  • ART 112 2D Design
  • ART 113 3D Design
  • ART 205 African American Art History
  • ART 210 Drawing II
  • ART 220 Painting I
  • ART 221 Painting II
  • ART 240 Ceramics I
  • ART 241 Ceramics II

JCTC Krantz Art Gallery

Since its dedication in 1982, the JCTC Krantz Art Gallery has been host to hundreds of art exhibits, gallery talks, presentations, lectures, receptions and other campus events. These exhibits and events have been utilized by instructors as the basis for a variety of creative and academic assignments. Four to five exhibits by local and regional artists each year are alternated with juried student art shows from both the Fine Art and Communication Arts Technology Programs. 

 

Fine Art Department Co-Department Heads

Barry Motes
Downtown Campus
Chestnut Hall, Room 107
(502) 213-2393
 
Brenda Edgar
Southwest Campus, SW-SOC 205F 

Welcome to the First-Year Experience Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College. This 3-credit hour course is designed for any student starting college (no matter their age or career goal) and is intended to be taken in a student’s first semester but no later than second semester.  

Primary topics covered include:

  • Career and Academic Planning including information for those going directly into a career or planning to transfer
  • Utilization of online tools including College email, College website, Blackboard, Student Self-Service, self-registration, etc.
  • Utilization of campus resources including tutoring, advising, financial resources, etc.
  • Self-reflection opportunities to examine a student’s values, interests, and skills to make informed decisions about career choices and application to academic success
  • Topics for success including time management, health, financial literacy, and diversity

The FYE Department currently offers:

  • FYE 105: Achieving Academic Success

 

FYE Coordinator / Department Head

Maria Galyon
Downtown Campus, Seminary Bldg Rm. 302
(502) 213-2216

The Modern Languages department offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced language courses in American Sign Language, Spanish, and French. These courses are transferrable to a four-year university. While beginning level courses, (101 and 102) are used to fulfill general education electives at JCTC, upper-level languages courses support transfer to B.A programs in languages, criminal justice, and communications. The Modern Languages department consists of faculty with terminal degrees and/or native fluency in the target language. Our department’s faculty also present at the annual Unity Arts Festival, focusing on topics such as music in Latin America, Carnival in French-speaking countries, and translation. In addition to this learning opportunity, Modern Languages is currently working on offering study abroad to Spanish and French-speaking countries.

The Modern Languages department offers a Medical Interpreting Certificate in Spanish/English language pairs.

Courses Offered:

  • ASL 101: American Sign Language I
  • ASL 102: American Sign Language II
  • ASL 201: American Sign Language III
  • ASL 202: American Sign Language IV
  • FRE 101: Elementary French I
  • FRE 102: Elementary French II
  • FRE 201: Intermediate French I
  • FRE 202: Intermediate French II
  • SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPA 201: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 115- Hispanic Culture (Country or Region) [counts as a social/behavioral science]

 

Modern Languages Department Head

Dr. Susan Lee
Downtown Campus-Seminary Building
(502) 213-5333

The Music Department offers Gen Ed, Transfer and Elective music classes. These classes fulfill all requirements for completion of 2-year and transfer to 4-year degree programs. Modes of delivery include online, hybrid, and in-person formats. The music facilities feature computer enhanced classrooms, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.  

Courses Offered

  • MUS 100 Intro to Music
  • MUS 120 Music Technology 1
  • MUS 155 Voice Class for Non-Music Majors
  • MUS 174 Theory for Non-Music Majors
  • MUS 207 African American Music History
  • MUS 208 World Music
  • MUS 222 History and Sociology of Rock Music

JCTC Recording Studio

Designed and built by Professor Frank Repper, current head of the Music Dept, the recording studio features state-of the-art educational recording software, Yamaha monitoring system, fully balanced room acoustics, a 12-channel mobile PA system, Shure microphones, and two digital pianos. The studio is available for an entire semester, free of charge to all students enrolled in MUS 120.   

 

Music Department Head

Frank Repper
DT Campus, Chestnut Hall, Suite 109
(502) 213-2218

The Philosophy Department offers general education classes that are transferable to a variety of four-year academic programs and applicable to technical programs as well. Three of the courses (PHI 100, PHI 120, and PHI 130) serve as foundation courses in philosophy and two of the courses (PHI 110 and PHI 150) function as “applied ethics” courses in support of business and medical/allied health academic and technical programs.  With an emphasis on critical thinking and cultural fluency, dedicated professors with terminal degrees assist students to apply philosophical knowledge and skills to the academic and professional goals of each student.  Faculty assist students with academic advising, transfer applications and career counseling, and internship placement.

Courses Offered

  • PHI 100  Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 110  Medical Ethics
  • PHI 120  Logic
  • PHI 130  Ethics
  • PHI 150  Business Ethics

Jefferson in Mexico

In May and June of each year, the Philosophy Department offers a study abroad opportunity in Mexico to Jefferson students.  After spending several days in Mexico City, JCTC students join students from across the United States for a four week term of study in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Students can receive six hours of academic credit after studying in an intensive Spanish program and can receive three hours credit through an independent study with the philosophy professor.  In addition, students are able to work on water purification projects in small communities and experience cultural excursions throughout the state of Oaxaca.

 

Philosophy Department Chair

Dr. Wes Lites
Downtown Campus
Seminary Hall, Room 301
(502) 213-5134

Welcome to the Reading Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Reading courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College assist students in improving reading and comprehension skills with entry-level college reading materials in a variety of disciplines. The courses emphasize critical thinking and metacognitive strategies with text, providing a deeper understanding of text materials. 

Reading courses fulfill prerequisite requirements for students not meeting benchmarks in Reading. The Reading Department offers daytime, evening, hybrid, and online classes on several of Jefferson's campuses. 

The Reading Department currently offers:

  • RDG 30: Reading for the College Classroom

 

Reading Department Head

Maureen Gibson
Downtown Campus, Seminary Bldg, Rm. 306
(502) 213-2160

Mathematics

Welcome to the Mathematics Division at Jefferson Community and Technical College. The  Mathematics Division offers both Mathematics (MAT) and Statistics (STA) courses. Mathematics is the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. It may be studied in its own right (pure         mathematics) or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied  mathematics). Statistics is the mathematical science involved in the application of quantitative principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. The practice of statistics utilizes data from some population in order to describe it meaningfully, to draw conclusions from it, and make informed decisions. Statisticians determine which quantitative model is correct for a given type of problem and they decide what kinds of data should be collected and examined. Applied statistics concerns the application of the general methodology to particular problems which often calls for the use of techniques of computer-based data analysis.

Mathematics and Statistics courses fulfill requirements for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees. The   Mathematics Division offers daytime, evening, traditional, hybrid, and online classes on many of Jefferson’s campuses.

Courses offered are:

  • MAT 61 Foundations of College Algebra
  • MAT 100 College Algebra Workshop
  • MAT 110 Applied Mathematics
  • MAT 110S Corequisite Remediation for Applied Mathematics
  • MAT 116 Technical Mathematics
  • MAT 126 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT 146 Contemporary College Mathematics
  • MAT 146S Corequisite Remediation for Contemporary College Mathematics
  • MAT 150 College Algebra
  • MAT 155 Trigonometry
  • MAT 170 Brief Calculus with Applications
  • MAT 175 Calculus I
  • MAT 185 Calculus II
  • MAT 205 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I
  • MAT 206 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II
  • MAT 275 Calculus III
  • MAT 285 Differential Equations
  • STA 151 Introduction to Applied Statistics
  • STA 220 Statistics

 

Mathematics Dean

Brandon Bartley     
Hartford Building (DT), Room 1115   
(502) 213–7242     
brandon.bartley@kctcs.edu    

Mathematics Department Head

Anissa Florence
Hartford Building (DT), Room 1113
(502) 213–5011
anissa.florence@kctcs.edu

Natural Sciences

The Division of Natural Sciences offers courses in astronomy (AST), biology (BIO), chemistry (CHE), geography (GEO), geology (GLY), physics (PHY), and sustainability (SUS).  We believe it’s important for all students to learn science.  As Carl Sagan stated so well, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”  However, we agree with Mae Jemison when she said, “We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn.  That’s just not true.”  Thus not only should everyone learn science, everyone CAN learn science!  Remember, we were all born scientists as we only learned to make our way in the world via experimentation, trial, and error.  Please click on the department links below to learn more.

Contacts for the Division of Natural Sciences

Kaya Muller
Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1105
Southwest: Science Building 200E
(502) 213-7237
kaya.muller@kctcs.edu
 
Tammi Reed
Division Assistant for the Division of Natural Sciences and the Math Division
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1111
(502) 213-5013
tammi.reed@kctcs.edu

Welcome to the Biology Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College!

The biology department seeks to expand the knowledge of the biological sciences through engaging lecture and laboratory study. ​​​ Upon successful completion of coursework in our department, students will not only be intellectually enriched in the discipline but also come to appreciate how this insight can serve as a foundation for a more comprehensive and informed worldview.

Whether trying to earn an associate degree in arts or science, transferring to a four-year institution or simply fulfilling general education requirements, the biology department strives to provide the classes students need to be successful.  Below are examples of degrees that require Biology course work:

  • Certified Nurse’s Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Coding
  • Certified Office Radiography
  • General Occupational Studies
  • Health Information/Science Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • EMS Paramedic
  • Radiographer
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Surgery Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Registered Nurse (ADN)

Get your Associates Degree and then transfer to a university for:

  • Forestry & Conservation Manager
  • Zoologist and wildlife biologist
  • Science Lab Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Nurse (BSN)
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Dentist
  • Physician

The main courses JCTC offers are:

  • BIO 112 Introduction to Biology
    • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Basic study of structure, function and interactions of living organisms including cell theory, genetics, energetics, evolution and ecology.
    • Helpful Thoughts: Most students who are not majoring in a science will take this class as their Gen Ed Science Requirement.  It also serves as an excellent pre-curser for Bio 137 for students who need a refresher course in Biology.
  • BIO 113 Introduction to Biology Lab
    • Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Emphasizes basic laboratory studies of structure, function and interactions of living organisms including cell theory, genetics, energetics, evolution, and ecology.
    • Helpful Thoughts: Students who need a lab credit for their Gen Ed Science Requirement may take this course while taking Bio 112 or after successfully completing Bio 112.
  • BIO 118 Microbes and Society 
    • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
    • Course Description: An introduction to the science of microbiology addressing the role of microorganisms in nature and in human welfare. Contemporary topics will include infectious diseases, genetic engineering, the environment and biological warfare.
    • Helpful Thoughts: An associate degree as a Surgical Technician requires this course. However, Bio 225 also meets this requirement. Bio 118 is usually offered online.
  • BIO 120 Human Ecology
    • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours)
    • Course Description: Interrelationships among humans, other organisms and the environment including principles of energy and matter, resource use, biogeochemical cycling, trophic structures, sustainability and environmental impacts by humans.
    • Helpful Thoughts: This is a basic Gen Ed class for students who are majoring in Biology or for students who are not majoring in a science but need a Gen Ed class in the sciences. Students do not have to take the lab with Bio 120. 
  • BIO 121 Human Ecology Laboratory
    • Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Basic laboratory studies of interactions among living organisms and their environment including biogeochemical cycling, trophic structures, sustainability and human impacts on the environment.
    • Helpful Thoughts: For students that need a Lab credit for their Gen Ed requirements, this class can be taken at the same time as Bio 120 or after successfully completing Bio 120.
  • BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory
    • Total: 4.0 credits  [Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours). Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours).]
    • Course Description: Presents the fundamental structure of the human body and the physiological mechanisms involved in normal functioning are presented through lecture and student participation in laboratory activities.
    • Pre-requisites: To take this class students must have a Minimum ACT Composite score of 16 or have successfully completed (with a “C” or better) any college biology or chemistry course.
    • Helpful Thoughts: This course covers all of the body systems in one semester. While it is loaded with information and fast paced, it does not cover as much detailed knowledge as Bio 137 & Bio 139 do. 
    • Degrees that require this course include:
      • Certified Nurse’s Assistant
      • Pharmacy Technician     
      • Medical Coding
      • General Occupational Studies
      • Health Information/Science Technology
      • Medical Assistant
      • Medical Lab Technician
      • Licensed Practical Nurse (consider taking Bio137/139 if you plan to continue to advance your education)
      • EMS Paramedic
  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory
    • Total: 4.0 credits [Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours); Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours).]
    • Course Description: The interrelationship of structure and function of each body system will be presented in two semesters. The first semester will include basic chemistry, cell structure, cell physiology, metabolism, tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.
    • Pre-requisites: To take this class students must show college readiness in math, reading, and English or have successfully completed (with a “C” or better) any college biology or chemistry course.
    • Formats:  JCTC offers this class in a variety of formats. It is taught in a traditional Learn by Term format in person or online where the students have direct interaction with their instructor. We also offer a Learn on Demand format in which students work through online modules that must be completed by the end of the semester; these courses do not have regular interaction with the instructor but students can learn at their own pace.
    • Helpful Thoughts: This is a rigorous fast-paced class and it is recommend that students take a Bio 112, Bio 150, or Che 140 before taking this course, however this is not required.
    • Degrees that require this course include:
      • Radiographer
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • Physical Therapy Assistant
      • Surgery Technician
      • Respiratory Therapist
      • Licensed Practical Nurse
      • Registered Nurse (ADN)
      • Registered Nurse (BSN)
  • BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory
    • Total: 4.0 credits [Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours); Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours).]
    • Course Description: The second semester continues the study of the interrelationships of organ systems, including the endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems.
    • Pre-requisites: Students must successfully complete BIO 137 before they may take this course.
    • Formats:  JCTC offers this class in a variety of formats. It is taught in a traditional Learn by Term format in person or online where the students have direct interaction with their instructor. We also offer a Learn on Demand format in which students work through online modules that must be completed by the end of the term; these courses do not have regular interaction with the instructor but students can learn at their own pace.
    • Degrees that require this course include:
      • Radiographer
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • Physical Therapy Assistant
      • Surgery Technician
      • Respiratory Therapist
      • Licensed Practical Nurse
      • Registered Nurse (ADN)
      • Registered Nurse (BSN)
  • BIO 150 Principles of Biology I
    • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Presents knowledge of biological principles at the cellular and molecular levels, similarities and differences in structure and function of simple and complex cells and theories on the origin and evolution of biological systems.
    • Pre-requisites: Students must have successfully completed or currently be enrolled in CHE 170 before they may take this course. (This course may be taken with its lab component, Bio 151, but they do not have to be taken at the same time.)
    • Helpful Thoughts: Students who take this course are usually getting a Science Degree and plan to transfer to a university.
  • BIO 151 Principles of Biology Laboratory I
    • Laboratory: 2 credits (60 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Includes studies of cellular and molecular biology.
    • Pre-requisites: Students must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed Bio 150 before they may take this course.
    • Helpful Thoughts: While students do not have to take Bio 150 and Bio 151 at the same time, it is highly recommended that they do.
  • BIO 152 Principles of Biology II
    • Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Presents knowledge of organismal, population and community biology
    • Pre-requisites: Students must successfully complete BIO 150 before they may take this course. (This course may be taken with its lab component: Bio 153 but they do not have to be taken at the same time.)
    • Helpful Thoughts: Students who take this course are usually getting a Science Degree and plan to transfer to a university.
  • BIO 153 Principles of Biology Laboratory II
    • Laboratory: 2 credits (60 contact hours).
    • Course Description: Includes organismal, population and community biology.
    • Pre-requisites: Students must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed Bio 152 before they may take this course.
    • Helpful Thoughts: While students do not have to take Bio 152 and Bio 153 at the same time, it is highly recommended that they do.
  • BIO 225 Medical Microbiology with Laboratory
    • Total 4.0 credits [Lecture: 2 credits (30 contact hours); Laboratory: 2 credits (60 contact hours).]
    • Course Description: The characteristics of microorganisms and their relation to health and disease are studied.
    • Pre-requisites: Students must successfully complete BIO 139 before they may take this course.
    • Degrees that require this course include:
      • Respiratory Therapist
      • Registered Nurse (ADN)
      • Registered Nurse (BSN)

 

Biology Department Personnel:

Ms. Jami Leckie, Department Head
(502) 213-5038
 
Mr. Chris Jozefowicz, Laboratory Manager
(502) 213-5096
 
Mr. Paul Florence
(502) 213-5003
 
Ms. Zahara Gully
(502) 213-2678
 
Dr. Jahurul Karim
(502) 213-4336
 
Ms. Katie Lynch
(502) 213-7334
 
Ms. Ad’Lynn Martinez
(502) 213-7332
 
Dr. Valerie Wheat
(502) 213-2522

Welcome to the Chemistry Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College!

Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes.  A more informal description:  Chemistry is the science of stuff!  Drugs, rocket fuel, paper, ice cream, fabrics—each of these has chemistry.

Chemistry courses fulfill General Education requirements for degrees at Jefferson.  More significantly, students who wish to study:

  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Medicine
  • Other scientific disciplines and health professions will need these courses.

The main courses we offer are:

  • CHE 140  Introductory General Chemistry

This course is for students who need a science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Allied Health students also enroll in CHE 140.  The course can also prepare students for CHE 170.

  • CHE 145 Introductory General Chemistry Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies CHE 140.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

  • CHE 170  General College Chemistry I

Engineering students and students in scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology or physics enroll in this course. It is a requirement for their degrees.  Pharmacy students and students considering medical or dental school take this course.  It is a prerequisite for those programs.  It also fulfills the chemistry requirement for students in U of L’s BSN program.

This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and some Summer semesters.

  • CHE 175 General College Chemistry Laboratory I

The laboratory course that accompanies CHE 175.  Most (but not all) students who take CHE 170 take CHE 175 as well.

This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and some Summer semesters.

  • CHE 180:  General College Chemistry II

This is a continuation of CHE 170. Some (but not all) engineering students, pharmacy students, students considering medical and dental school, and students in scientific disciplines such as chemistry or biology need this course.

This course is offered in the Spring and Summer semesters only.

  • CHE 185 General College Chemistry Laboratory I

The laboratory course that accompanies CHE 180.

This course is offered in the Spring and Summer semesters only.

  • CHE 270 Organic Chemistry I

Pharmacy students, students considering medical and dental school take this course. Students in scientific disciplines such as chemistry or biology also take this course. It is also a requirement for some chemical engineering programs.

This course is offered in the Fall semester only.

  • CHE 275 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

The laboratory course that accompanies CHE 270.

This course is offered in the Fall semester only.

  •  CHE 280 Organic Chemistry II

Pharmacy students and for students considering medical and dental school take this course. Students in scientific disciplines such as chemistry or biology also take this course

This course is offered in the Spring semester only.

  • CHE 285 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

The laboratory course that accompanies CHE 280.

This course is offered in the Spring semester only. 

 

Chemistry department head, faculty, and support staff

Dr. David Vogel, Department Head 
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1108
(502) 213-5235
 
Mrs. Kaya Muller
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1105
Southwest:  Science Building 200E
(502) 213-7237
 
Dr. Steve Pruett
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 606 A
(502) 213-5009
 
Mr. Chris Jozefowicz
Laboratory Manager
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1104
(502) 213-5096

Welcome to the Geography Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College! Geography is the study of the land and its people. Geography courses fulfill General Education requirements for degrees at Jefferson.  More significantly, students who wish to study:

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • History
  • Meteorology and Climate Science
  • Sociology
  • Other scientific disciplines and social science disciplines will need these courses.

The main courses we offer are:

  • GEO 130 Physical Geography

This course is for students who need a science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Education and Engineering students also enroll in GEO 130.

  • GEO 131 Physical Geography Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies GEO 130.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

  • GEO 152 Regional Geography of the World

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It also fulfills the cultural competency requirement for graduation in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

Welcome to the Geography, Geology, and Sustainability Departments at Jefferson Community and Technical College!

Geography is the study of the land and its people.

Geology is the study of the Earth. More specifically, it is the study of earth materials, earth processes, and deep time. If you are curious about natural disasters, what killed the dinosaurs, or making lots of money, you might be a geologist!

Sustainability is the study of the interaction of the economy, customs, and environment of different populations. If any one of those three areas is weak, it can cause the collapse of society. 

Geography, Geology, and Sustainability courses fulfill General Education requirements for degrees at Jefferson.  More significantly, students who wish to study:

  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Meteorology and Climate Science
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • Other scientific disciplines

The main courses we offer are:

  • GLY 130 Physical Geology

This course is for students who need a science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Education and Engineering students also enroll in GEO 130.

  • GLY 131 Physical Geology Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies GEO 130.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

  • GLY 152 Regional Geography of the World

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It also fulfills the cultural competency requirement for graduation in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

  • GLY 101 Physical Geology

This course is for students who need a science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Education and Engineering students also enroll in GLY 101.

  • GLY 111 Physical Geology Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies GLY 101.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

  • GLY 110 Environmental Geology

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Ecology and Sustainability students also enroll in GLY 110.

  • GLY 114 Environmental Geology Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies GLY 110.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

This course is not offered every semester.

  • GLY 130 Dinosaurs and Disasters

This course is for students who need a science course to fulfill General Education requirements. Certain Education and Meteorology students also enroll in GLY 130.

  • GLY 131 Dinosaurs and Disasters Laboratory

The laboratory course that accompanies GLY 130.  This fulfills the General Education requirement for a laboratory experience.

This course is not offered every semester.

  • SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It also fulfills the SUS 101 requirement for students in U of L’s BA Sustainability program.

This course is offered in the Fall semester only.

  • SUS 102 Sustainable Built Environment

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It is not required that a student have had SUS 101 to take this course.

This course is offered in the Spring semester only.

 

Geography, Geology and Sustainability department head, faculty, and support staff

Associate Professor Caroline Reisner, Department Head 
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1206
(502) 213-5222
 
Dr. Trent Garrison
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1214
(502) 213-5022
 
Mr. Chris Jozefowicz
Laboratory Manager
Downtown:  Hartford Hall 1104
(502) 213-5096

Welcome to the Sustainability Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College! Sustainability is the study of the interaction of the economy, customs, and environment of different populations. If any one of those three areas is weak, it can cause the collapse of society. 

Sustainability courses fulfill General Education requirements for degrees at Jefferson.  More significantly, students who wish to study:

  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Urban Planning
  • Other scientific disciplines will need these courses.

The main courses we offer are:

  • SUS 101 Introduction to Sustainability

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It also fulfills the SUS 101 requirement for students in U of L’s BA Sustainability program.

This course is offered in the Fall semester only.

  • SUS 102 Sustainable Built Environment

This course is for students who need a social science course to fulfill General Education requirements. It is not required that a student have had SUS 101 to take this course.

This course is offered in the Spring semester only.

 

Geography, Geology and Sustainability department head, faculty, and support staff

Associate Professor Caroline Reisner, Department Head 
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1206
(502) 213-5222
 
Dr. Trent Garrison
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1214
(502) 213-5022

Welcome to the Physics & Astronomy Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Physics is the study of the natural laws that attempt to describe and predict the behavior of the natural world. Astronomy is the related field that attempts to describe and make sense of our observations of the universe outside the Earth.

Physics courses fulfill the pre-requisites for most engineering programs. In addition, physics and astronomy courses fulfill the needs of the Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degrees and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees. The Physics & Astronomy Department offers daytime, evening, hybrid, and online classes on several of Jefferson's campuses. The seven main courses we offer are:

  • AST 101 – Frontiers of Astronomy
    • This is a broad course that fulfills a general education science requirement. It covers most of the main topics included in the field of astronomy.
  • AST 191 – The Solar System
    • This is an introductory course that can fill a general education science requirement. It narrows focus onto a study of the planets and moons in our solar system and how they appear from Earth.
  • PHY 171 – Applied Physics
    • This is an introductory physics course that fulfills a general education science requirement. It covers most of the main topics included in the field of physics with an emphasis on how the ideas are encountered in real-world situations. It also includes a laboratory experience.
  • PHY 231 – General University Physics 1
    • This course covers the science of motion and heat in a broad dive into these topics that uses higher level math to explore them. Most pre-engineer students, and physics majors, take this course.
    • This course is only offered in the Spring semester.
  • PHY 241 – General University Physics 1 Laboratory
    • Associated lab section for PHY 231. Most PHY 231 students take this.
  • PHY 232 – General University Physics 2
    • This course covers the science of electricity and magnetism, along with circuits and light, in a broad dive into these topics.
    • Physics majors take this course, and some pre-engineering students (especially electrical and computer science engineers).
    • This course is only offered in the Fall semester.
  • PHY 242 – General University Physics 1 Laboratory
    • Associated lab section for PHY 232. Most students in PHY 232 take this.

 

Department Faculty and Staff

Prof. Chad Howard, Department Head
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1205
(502) 213-5028
 
Prof. Orlando Gonzalez
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1107
Southwest: Science 200-G
(502) 213-7132
 
Chris Jozefowicz
Laboratory Manager
Downtown: Hartford Hall 1104
(502) 213-5096