The academic programs offered by the Natural Science Division are designed to acquaint students with contemporary physical, chemical, biological and mathematical views of the natural world. Majors in any of these areas are excellent preparation for a wide variety of professional careers, pre-professional graduate programs, and/or a personal search for satisfying answers to the many intriguing mysteries of nature.
Biology, chemistry, and mathematics are also available as majors for Secondary/Middle School Certification.
Natural Sciences Faculty
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As the Muskies' top assistant for the past two seasons, Aanonsen brings a high level of familiarity with Lakeland athletics to the position, as well as a wealth of basketball coaching experience....Read more about Aaron Aanonsen
April A. Arvan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, joined the faculty full-time in 2007, though she taught part-time at the college for many years. She is also an...Read more about April Arvan
Dr. Chia-Chin (Cristi) Chang, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received her Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.S. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She began teaching at...Read more about Cristi Chang
Dr. Brian Frink, Associate Professor Chemistry and Physics, holds a doctorate from Ohio State University. He began at Lakeland in 1999. Currently, Brian is developing a project-oriented...Read more about Brian Frink
Dr. Ronald Haas, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, holds a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. He has been with the college since 1979. Among his current projects, Haas is...Read more about Ronald Haas
Cynthia Lindstrom is using her considerable experience in the private sector to prepare her computer science students to be tomorrow's IT professionals. A member of Lakeland's faculty since 2009,...Read more about Cynthia Lindstrom
Joe joined the Lakeland faculty in 2011 with the inception of the aviation program. He began his aviation career in 2006 as an aviation instructor and lecturer for the University of Illinois at...Read more about Joe McGeorge
Paul Pickhardt, a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006 and current Natural Sciences Division Chair, was named Lakeland's winner of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in...Read more about Paul Pickhardt
Kelly Quick brings an informed, passionate approach to Lakeland's exercise science program. A member of Lakeland's faculty since 2008, Kelly encourages students to delve beyond the obvious, and a...Read more about Kelly Quick
Kathleen Rath Marr joined Lakeland's faculty in 1987, but she grew up on Lakeland's campus, and today holds the position once held by her father, David Rath. With interests as wide ranging as...Read more about Kathy Rath Marr
Jeff Schwehm brings a truly student-centered approach to his work, both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Schwehm fosters student exploration and learning by serving as a mentor to several students...Read more about Jeffery Schwehm
Greg Smith is always working to create new ways for his students to learn. A member of the college's faculty since 2003, Dr. Smith is co-founder of Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience...Read more about Gregory Smith