Welcome to the Science Department! Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career in the sciences or health-related fields? A Pre-Professional Science degree from Redlands can help you achieve those career goals as well as prepare you to continue studies in a wide range of areas at a four-year university.

You can choose from a variety of courses in life sciences, physical sciences, math and allied health sciences. We offer hands-on research courses, service learning options, honors projects as well as internships.  

Our faculty strive to provide you with a high-quality learning experience and one-on-one assistance to help you succeed!

Pre-Professional Sciences AS

Kathleen Coughlan, Ph.D, Department Head of Science and Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Life Sciences
Phone: 405.422.6225
Office: ASC-110

Kathleen Coughlan earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Kathleen worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School Of Medicine. Her research spans the fields of neurobiology, cancer biology, immunology and cardiovascular biology. She teaches a variety of courses, including Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biology and Chemistry, and heads the Honors programs and NASA grant. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students at a variety of levels and is an advocate for student success through a variety of activities such as honors, service learning, research and one-on-one advising.  

Zachary Gutmann, M.S., Professor of Chemistry and Sciences

Phone: 405.422.1491

Office: ASC-225

Zach Gutmann earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Science from Arkansas State University, both in Chemistry. His research utilized microwave spectroscopy to investigate the rotational and vibrational properties of molecules involved in explosive materials. He has taught at Redlands since 2014, where student success is his priority. He has taught General Chemistry I & II, General Physics I & II, Physical Science, and Applied Research courses. Within these courses, he incorporates service learning, inquiry-guided learning, and other teaching styles designed to engage students in the material.

Dee McKenna, M.S., Pre-Professional Sciences Faculty and Academic Coach for the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) STEM (Part A) Grant

Office: ASC-210
Phone: 405.422.6264

Dee McKenna received a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Redlands, she taught high school science for 26 years. She works with the NASNTI STEM grant as the pre-professional science faculty and academic coach. In this role, she manages the NASNTI STEM tutoring center and the GrowHouse Aquaponics Learning Center on campus. She enjoys working with students in Biology or one on one in the tutoring center, preparing them for the demands of science classes, and in the aquaponics lab doing individual research projects for interested students.

Brenda Allison Witt, M.S., Professor of Microbiology and Life Science
Phone: 405.422.1475
Office: ASC-109

Brenda Allison Witt earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma where her research focused on better understanding the effects of toxic algae on zooplankton communities in lakes. She joined Redlands in 2015 and teaches several courses including microbiology, anatomy and zoology. She enjoys sharing her passion for science with her students, is always happy to mentor students on honors, service learning, and research projects, and strives to find ways to teach outside of the classroom. Her most recent venture is exploring the distribution of freshwater sponges in Oklahoma.

Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) 

Redlands Community College is active in the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) which uses an inquiry-based teaching model in order to engage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The program allows students to present research at the national level as well as gives faculty the opportunity to participate in professional development. 


Redlands Community College is part of the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) grant program awarded by the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  OK-INBRE supports health science related research at Redlands through a summer internship program whereby selected students receive a monetary stipend to work alongside research scientists at various research colleges and universities within the state. In addition, the grant provides Redlands financial support for faculty professional development, research and community outreach.

NASA-Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium

As part of the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium (OKSG), Redlands Community College is receives grant-based funding from NASA to support a variety of programs, including paid student STEM-based internships, tuition waivers for research-based courses, travel to NASA centers, NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program and STEM scholarships.


Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) Part A program provides increased class options and career guidance in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The STEM-related grant is designed to enhance opportunities for Native American, first-generation, disabled or low-income students. The grant has resulted in the development and expansion of aquaculture and hydroponics laboratories.

Oklahoma Academy of Science

Redlands students have the opportunity to participate in a statewide research conference through the Oklahoma Academy of Science which is held during the Fall semester. The students present an oral or poster presentation over their research.

Southern Plains Climate Hub

Through the Southern Plains Climate Hub, Redlands partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to develop and deliver regional, science-based information to partners and producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas that enables climate-smart decision making.