Miami Dade College

InterAmerican Campus

Welcome to the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the InterAmerican Campus. The Department includes a wide range of academic programs leading to an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in the disciplines within the Natural or Social Sciences. The Department offers a variety of courses for students majoring in the Natural Sciences including Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences. The Social Sciences majors include Anthropology, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.

The Department of Natural and Social Sciences is committed to student learning. We are dedicated to the goal of delivering the highest quality education and to keeping our students at the center of our academic endeavors. The variety of courses offered in our Department includes those that are required for various majors as well as many electives. Our courses are offered during several different time blocks and days of the week providing a wide range of scheduling options.

Our highly qualified faculty utilize creative and innovative teaching and learning strategies. We provide state-of-the-art laboratories and multimedia classrooms. Students can obtain one-to-one assistance in our three laboratories and/or utilize a variety of software designed to assist classroom instruction. These laboratories are open during the day, evenings, and on weekends.

In addition, the Department offers Student Life Skills courses designed to teach students to identify and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance success in college and lead to lifelong learning.

I welcome you again to our Department and wish you much success in your selected careers.

Dr. Victor Okafor
Department Chair
Natural and Social Sciences

Academic Programs

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

The Associate in Arts degree is the degree designed for transfer to upper-division universities. These university parallel or college transfer areas of concentration prep[are students to enter the junior year at four-year upper-division colleges and universities.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE AND METEOROLOGY

To transfer to a four-year program in atmospheric science and meteorology, students must take science and math courses as well as introductory courses in meteorology. Job opportunities may include weather forecasting in aviation, marine or shipping companies, government agencies, broadcasting, or transportation industries. Additionally, meteorologists may work with other scientists researching phenomena such as volcanoes, hurricanes and global warming.

BIOLOGY

Biology, or life science, is the study of all aspects of living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of animals and plants to their environment. This program provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students planning to major in biology, botany, zoology, marine biology, ecological studies or microbiology. Biology majors may also enter professional schools in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry or podiatry.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is the science that investigates the composition, properties and change of properties of elementary forms of matter. In addition to coursework in chemistry, the A.A. is a science and math intensive program that includes courses in botany, biology, physics, geometry and calculus. Chemists may work as researchers, analysts, or quality control specialists in companies that manufacture anything from pharmaceuticals to food products. Additionally, students may pursue careers in medicine, environmental science, chemical engineering or many other fields.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Environmental Studies examines environmental issues from both ecological and sociological standpoints. Thus, it is an interdisciplinary major which combines life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Students at MDC take mostly science and mathematics courses to prepare for transfer into a baccalaureate program. This field is projected to grow in the 21st century, as the need for environmental researchers, analysts, engineers and journalists will grow.

GEOLOGY

Geologists study the structure, composition and history of the Earth. This program provides basic coursework in geology, calculus, biology and chemistry. Some examples of employers of geologists include agencies targeting pollution or urban waste, corporations searching for new sources of petroleum or natural gas, and research organizations studying volcanoes or earthquakes.

PHYSICS

Physics is the study of the motion and force of energy and matter. This science is applied to different kinds of energy and matter, as in thermodynamics, astrophysics, nuclear physics and wave motion analysis. The A.A. coursework provides a fundamental education in mathematics and science topics so that students may transfer to pursue their area of interest. Careers in research are available both in government agencies and private industries, as well as in educational institutions, though in most cases graduate degrees are required.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Anthropology is the study of humankind. Course offerings prepare the student in the four fields of the discipline: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Anthropological Linguistics, and Archaeology. The curriculum prepares students for subsequent upper division work. Students majoring in Anthropology should plan to obtain a graduate degree to fully succeed in the field.

HISTORY

History as a major is one of the best preparations for students who are considering law school. In addition, history prepares students well for teaching social studies in middle or high school, as well as providing a starting point for careers in teaching history at the college level. History as a major in college also provides a background for those who wish to pursue careers in state or federal government positions. Finally, history is excellent general liberal arts major for students who plan to later attend graduate or professional school in the arts or business.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This program is designed to equip students with a fundamental orientation in the field of international relations, to provide basic methods of approach to this field of study and to provide intelligent observation of international affairs. Employment opportunities are to be found in government service, teaching, and business.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

A baccalaureate in Political Science provides a strong foundation for students planning to pursue graduate work in the field or to attend law school. Most jobs in political science require a Ph.D. Political scientists are employed as college professors, consultants, writers or by governmental agencies.

PSYCHOLOGY

A major in psychology provides students with courses and information about human behavior. Professional psychologists must continue their education and training beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students wishing to explore careers in counseling, social work or human services should look closely at this undergraduate major.

SOCIOLOGY

This program is designed for students planning careers requiring liberal arts education or specialized competence in social relations or social behavior, including careers in business, government, or the professions.

SOCIAL WORK

This program prepares students in the field of social welfare for careers as social workers or workers in related human service fields. Social workers provide the link between organized social services and individuals and families who are not able to provide for themselves or who need assistance in solving their problems. Employment areas include hospitals, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, schools and correctional institutions.

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

The Associate in Science degree is awarded to students who successfully complete one of the Occupational, education, or Allied Health programs. These areas of study are designed primarily to prepare students for immediate employment. However, credits earned for many courses in these programs are acceptable to upper-division colleges should the student decide to continue toward a four-year degree.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

The Biomedical Engineering Technology program prepares students for employment as Biomedical Engineering Technicians/Technologists and in related occupations in health related fields or to provide supplemental training for persons currently or previously employed in these occupations. The program focuses on the understanding and applying of concepts in electronics, in addition to troubleshooting techniques, to digital, microprocessor, or computer based systems as they relate to medical devices. Assembly, installation, operations maintenance, calibration, trouble-shooting, repairing, and elementary design on medical systems are taught using an integrated, applied and theoretical approach.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

Students pursuing the Environmental Science Technology Associate in Science degree will be able to conduct various forms of environmental sampling and analysis for either the public or private sector. There are five focus options, which give students the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of environmental science. The options are: Assessment/Safety Compliance, Watershed Management, Environmental Science Technology, Hazardous Materials Technology and Conservation Ecology. Students receiving this degree will have a wide variety of skills that can be applied to the expanding environmental job market. There is only one A.S. program in Environmental Science Technology. Students may select from one of the five (5) options listed, but the A.S. in Environmental Science Technology will be awarded to the student only once.

HUMAN SERVICES/ADDICTION COUNSELING

The Human Services program with a specialization in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students for employment as human services specialists, human services practitioners, chemical dependency practitioners, addiction specialists, mental health and social services practitioners, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The program is also designed to provide most of the general academic and addiction specific requirements of the Certification Board for Addiction Professionals of Florida.

Applied Sciences Degrees

The College offers a variety of educational opportunities for those who wish to prepare for healthcare careers. Any students interested in any of the Applied Science or Allied Health programs are encouraged to consult advisors at the Medical Campus to receive the most current information regarding program admission.

Student Life Skills

Student Life Skills refers to the areas of study that prepare students for college and life success. Student Life Skills courses are designed to teach students to identify and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance college success, retention, and lifelong learning.

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness program sponsors special activities such as health information, lectures and health screenings.

Faculty & Staff

Name Web Page Email Telephone Office
Dr. Victor Okafor
Department Chairperson
305-237-6717 1323
Department Staff
Dr. Ada Julia Machado
Science Lab Manager
305-237-6167 3406
Psychology
Dr. Miriam Frances Abety 305-237-6564 1340
Dr. Manolo Garcia 305-237-6063 1344
Irene Canel-Petersen 305-237-6006 1364
Social Sciences
Prof. Jose Aragon 305-237-6355 1361
Dr. Ronald Stubbs 305-237-6619 1367
Biological Sciences
Dr. Francisco Coro 305-237-6742 1366
Dr. Rene Revuelta 305-237-6562 1368
Dr. Maria Guerrero 305-237-6719 1365
Physical Sciences
Dr. Carlos G. Fernandez 305-237-6475 1360
Prof. Hector Peralta 305-237-6716 1366

Science Labs

Science Lab Staff

Name Page Email Telephone Office
Dr. Ada Machado
Jose Medal
Ivet Hernandez

Tutoring Services

We provide one-to-one assistance with:

  • Course work
  • Course Concepts
  • Course Assignments
  • Laboratory experiments and assignments
  • PHY 1025 - Basic Physics
  • PHY 2048 - Physics with Calculus I
  • PHY 2049 - Physics with Calculus II
Tutors Schedule

Professor Nilo Diaz
Tuesday and Wednesday: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Raul Mederos
Tuesday and Wednesday: 4:40 pm - 5:40 pm

Dr. Augusto Perez
Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:30pm - 2:30 pm
Thursdays and Friday: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Room 1374

  • CHM 1025 - Introductory Chemistry
  • CHM 1045 - Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM 1046 - Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CHM 2210 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2211 - Organic Chemistry II
Tutors Schedule

Dr. Ana Maria Uria
Tuesday and Wednesday: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Professor Maria Vivo
Monday and Wednesday:: 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 .m.

Location

Room 1374

  • BSC 1005 - General Education Biology
  • BSC 2010 - Principles of Biology I
  • BSC 2011 - Principles of Biology II
  • BSC 2085 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BSC 2086 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Tutors Schedule

Professor Enrique Sainz
Monday and Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location

Room 1374