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Life Science Program

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Life Science

The Life Science program will help prepare our students for teaching, graduate school, or laboratory work in biological science. The Bachelor degree's requisite science coursework covers 3 academic years, including summers. An additional year covers education coursework in our 3+1 plan. Students of this program may further pursue our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for their advanced degree.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Edward Draper, Ph.D.; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS; Michael Kiederling, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Life Science Program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary or high school level, nursing, and graduate studies in life science (e.g., Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, etc.). The Life Science degree will also offer students who don’t intend to enter teaching or medical fields the opportunity to move into other career opportunities, such as careers in the lab setting.

The Life Science degree is designed to be a 3+1 configuration, built on a partnership between the Science and Education Department. This program has two components. First, this program will allow students to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science within three years. Second, the program will enable students to spend their fourth year in the already developed Transition to Teach (T2T) program (for more detail about the T2T program, please go to which will prepare the candidates for licensing as Secondary High School Teachers.

Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, service to the community, and scholarship, and work closely with students. We value and encourage supportive relationships with our community partners, and we instill an attitude of lifelong learning in our students and for the improved quality of life for those we serve.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin, M.L.S., ASCP, SM

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Nicole Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2002. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. Nicole has over 15 year’s clinical experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Her primary expertise is in clinical Microbiology.​

Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Mary Wallace is Program Director of the Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science. She received her B.S. in biology at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. She completed the School of Medical Technology at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary IN and has worked at Community Hospital Laboratory for many years. She taught in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Indiana University Northwest for three years before participating in the establishment of the MLS program at CHS. She achieved her MS in Biology at Purdue Calumet and more recently a Specialist in Hematology from ASCP. Mary teaches Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids.

Program Objectives

Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:

  • Students will demonstrate a level of competency for understanding core principles.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and critically evaluate scientific information.

Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies to test the biological and chemical hypothesis.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to critically evaluate the significance of research results.

Specific Expertise:

  • Students will develop and justify a range of sample preparation, data analysis, various scientific calculations (enzyme kinetics, molarity, stoichiometry).

  • Students will be able to validate techniques of analytical balances, autoclave, UV/Vis spectrometer, IR spectrometer, gel electrophoresis, simple and fractional distillation, PCR, DNA extraction, titrations, pH analysis and normilization.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing.

Ethics and Advocacy:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies that meet professional ethical standards.

  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare.

Career Options

Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:

  • a life science instructor at high school or middle school.
  • a laboratory scientist at cosmetic labs.
  • a laboratory scientist at food labs.
  • a laboratory scientist at pharmaceutical labs.

In addition, students may pursue Life Science to prepare for graduate school, nursing school, or medical school.

Program Director

Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Department Laboratory Equipment

We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

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Program Requirements

B.S. in Life Science (121 credit hours)

The 3+1 Life Science program requires students closely adhere to the following plan of study:

First Year - Freshman (Core)

Fall Semester
  • EWPC 103 - English Composition
  • GENL 100 - College Survival
  • HUM 110 - Foundations of Western Culture
  • THEO 110 - Social Justice
  • BIOL 115 / 115L - Cell and Evolution / Lab
  • SCIE 102 / 102L - General Science / Lab
Spring Semester
  • Humanities General Education Requirement
  • EWPC 150 - Public Speaking
  • GEOL 110 / 110L - Earth and Space Science
  • BIOL 205 / 205L - Plants, Animals, and Ecosystem
  • MATH 104 - Algebra and Trigonometry (if not placed into MATH 104, take prerequisite MATH 103 first)

First Year - Freshman

Fall Semester - Summer 1 (Freshman)
  • PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology
Spring Semester - Summer 2 (Freshman)
  • EDUC 200 - Conceptual Course

Second Year - Sophomore (Core)

Fall Semester
  • MATH 171 - Principles of Statistics
  • SOCL 210 - General Sociology
  • CHEM 200 / 200L - General and Analytical Chemistry I / Lab
  • EDUC 391 - Human Diversity in Education
  • BIOL 230 / 230L - Microbology / Lab
Spring Semester
  • EWPC 204 - Academic Reading and Writing II
  • CHEM 143 / 143L - Nutrition / Lab
  • CHEM 205 / 205L - General and Analytical Chemistry II / Lab
  • EDUC 405 - Children's Literature
  • MATH 110 - Finite Math

Second Year - Sophomore

Fall Semester - Summer 1 (Sophomore)
  • PHIL 200 - Great Philosophical Ideas
  • Social Sciences General Education Requirement
Spring Semester - Summer 2 (Sophomore)
  • EDUC 481 - Development Reading and Instruction
  • Humanities General Education Requirement

Third Year - Junior

Fall Semester
  • THEO 230 - Theological Foundations
  • MATH 148 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • BIOL 300 / 300L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I / Lab
  • CHEM 320 / 320L - Biochemistry / Lab
  • HUM 499 - Integrative Project
Spring Semester
  • MATH 149 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • BIOL 305 / 305L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II / Lab
  • BIOL 315 / 315L - Mendelian and Molecular Genetics / Lab
  • EDUC 499 - Senior Seminar in Education
  • Humanities General Education or Social Sciences General Education Requirement

General Education Requirements

Math General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • MATH 104 - Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 110 - Finite Math
  • MATH 171 - Principles of Statistics
Social Science General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology
  • PLSC 220 - American Political Systems
  • SOCL 210 - General Sociology
  • HIST 110 - American Civilization
  • HIST 115 - Western Civilization
  • HIST 120 - World Civilization
  • ECON 160 - Economic Theory & Personal Finance
Humanities General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • ARTS 100 - Intro to Performing Arts
  • ARTS 120 - Digital Photography
  • ARTS 140 - Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTS 160 - Drawing I
  • ARTS 170 - Intro to Visual Arts
  • EWPC 111 - The Literary Experience
  • PHIL 200 - Great Philosophical Ideas


To see the list of core courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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