Dear Student,

Welcome to the Richland College School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions (MS&HP,) located in Sabine Hall! The school offers academic transfer courses in Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Physics and Mathematics, and Continuing Education programs in the Health Professions. The offerings in Biology include general biology for both majors and non-majors in the sciences, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, genetics, and microbiology. Our physical science offerings include general chemistry for majors and non-majors, organic chemistry, earth science, physical and historical geology, oceanography, physics for majors and non-majors, and astronomy. Our broad offerings in mathematics include college math, college algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, discrete math, differential equations, and statistics.

The Health Professions Division within the school offers certificate programs in the areas of medical assisting, practice management, pharmacy technician, healthcare informatics, medication aide, medical office technology, and insurance coding and billing. Support for students to advance into the health professions is also strong through our academic transfer program, in which students prepare for eventual admission to nursing, medical, dental and other professional schools. There are advisors who specialize in the health professions, and we provide a Health Professions Committee to assist students prepare for admission interviews, a Health Professions Club, Health Professions Information Days (a week of seminars and panels held in March each year,) and a website that provides a wealth of information on programs and careers that are medically-related.

Our faculty members, both full-time and adjunct, are dedicated professionals who are themselves active learners in their own fields of expertise and of educational pedagogy. You will find a supportive learning environment and opportunities to apply your learning to real-world contexts. We offer learning formats in addition to campus-based classes, including distance learning and hybrid (on-campus plus Internet) instruction.

Richland College is actively involved in the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. It is in the spirit of this commitment to sustainable community that Richland has designed and constructed our science laboratory building, Sabine Hall, to LEED Platinum standards, with 16 laboratories offering more than 200 science classes per semester. The Science Corner (for tutoring,) faculty offices, the division offices, a computer laboratory, conference rooms, the college bookstore, and café are also located in Sabine Hall. The integration of art into the science building is an inspiration to all who enter, learn and teach there to understand the importance and inter-connectedness of science and art in the human experience.

We welcome you again to Richland College and the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, and look forward to joining you in your life’s journey.