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Math & Sciences

The Math and Sciences Division at Rend Lake College includes approximately 100 faculty members, 14 of whom are full-time. These faculty members have expertise in areas of biological and physical sciences; math; early childhood, elementary and secondary education; business; and health and P.E. Here, students gain a solid background for entering a pre-professional career.

Faculty & Staff


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Andrea Banach
Dean of Math & Sciences Division

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Arvella Waugh
Administrative Assistant



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Math & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Math & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Math & Sciences


Biological Sciences

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Associate of Science in Biological Sciences

A degree in Biological Sciences may lead to such jobs as wildlife management, fishery biologist and/or biological research scientist, just to name a few. The curriculum is designed to give the student a broad education in the biological sciences, especially teaching at the secondary level. At the university level, students may decide to specialize in zoology or botany after having had this sequence of courses.
64 Hours


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Associate of Science in Business

This program is for students pursuing a baccalauerate degree in accounting, business administration, finance, information systems, management or marketing and parallels the first two years required by most four-year schools of business. Students should check with the four-year institution or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.
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Associate of Science in Chemistry

Chemisty is a science which touches many fields of study. Employment options for those with a bachelor's degree in chemistry are many and varied. Among the new professions which have arisen because of the increasing complexity and interdisciplinary nature of scientific and technological problem-solving is that made up of chemists whose interests are in management, marketing and production rather than the conventional research and development.  
64 hours


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Associate of Arts / Science in Secondary Education

Individuals planning to teach in high school can obtain a standard high school certificate in most fields of study. Typical majors are art, biological sciences, chemistry, English, mathematics, social studies and speech.

During the first two years of study at Rend Lake College, students should complete requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree in their major areas. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 2101), American History (HIST 2102), American Government (POLI 2101), a literature course and a third-world culture course are required as part of the general education requirements. After selecting their majors, students are advised to refer to that section of the Rend Lake College catalog and follow the guidelines for their particular two-year transfer programs.

After transferring to a four-year institution, students will spend the third and fourth years completing a standard major and minor, taking a series of professional education courses and completing a student teaching assignment.

Associate of Arts in Elementary Education

The schedule of courses suggested will meet education course requirements at several universities. It also provides a well-rounded general education for education students. All universities have specific requirements which are not reflected by the courses below. Students should check with a counselor for requirements at specific universities.

According to ICCB guidelines, students must earn a "C" or better in all courses housed in this program.

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

This two-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. The curriculum provides students with the background in early childhood and general studies necessary for a career in early childhood education. Graduates will be prepared for positions as family child care providers, teachers and directors in child care centers, family group homes, Head Start programs, and after school programs. The degree also prepares students for teacher's aide positions in public school classrooms and in special education programs. Additionally, this degree meets the requirements for Gateways to Opportunities Early Childhood Credential Level 4.

Certificates in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Assistant

These foundation courses provide the student with basic knowledge needed for entry-level positions in the field of early childhood education.

Early Childhood Level 2

The Level Two Certificate is designed to lead the early childhood professional to a Level Two Early Childhood Credential through Illinois Gateways to Opportunity. The certificate fulfills the coursework requirements. The student must submit required documentation and fee associated with this credential to Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Early Childhood Level 3

The Level Three Certificate is designed to lead the early childhood professional to a Level Three Early Childhood Credential through Illinois Gateways to Opportunity. The certificate fulfills the coursework requirements. The student must submit required documentation and fee associated with this credential to Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

Technical Assistance Credential

The Gateways Technical Assistance (TA) Credential is a credential which is cross-sector and includes all aspects of coaching, mentoring and relationshipbased professional development. The TA Credential is a symbol of professional achievement which validates the knowledge and skills, experience and contributions required to a variety of roles which relate to relationship-based professional development in Early Childhood Education. The roles include mentor / consultant in early education and / or school-age practitioners, evidencebased practices coach, professional needs assessor, and supporter of the development needs of children. The certificate coursework encompasses the appropriate topics required by Gateways to ensure alignment to the credentialing standards. Pending ICCB Approval


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Associate of Engineering Science Degree

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to the first two years of an engineering curriculum. General education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of this engineering curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Note: The Engineering program listed is a general one. The actual program of studies the student should follow depends upon:
1 the student's educational background prior to entering Rend Lake College;
2 the specific engineering field of interest (such as chemical, electrical, civil, etc.)
3 the four-year institution to which the student intends to transfer. A specific program of study needs to be devised for each student by the engineering advisor.

Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering usually are more extensive than the normal baccalaureate degree. Many, if not most, students find it takes 4-5 years of study to meet all requirements.
65 Hours

Associate of Science in Engineering Tech

Engineering Technology combines the analytical approach to engineering with the practical skills necessary to apply modern technology. With greater theoretical understanding and mathematical background than the technicians, the engineering technologist finds new and better solutions for today's problems in the current state of the art, taking the most advanced ideas from limited use to broad-based acceptance.
64 Hours


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Associate of Science in Mathematics

The following suggested curriculum is typical of that required by many universities for Mathematics majors. Many industries that hire mathematicians are engineering- or science-oriented, such as aircraft and missile, chemical, electrical equipment and petroleum industries. Excellent career opportunities exist in business- and economic-related positions, statistical and actuarial work. A strong minor in a related field (such as business, economics, science, etc.) is helpful in preparing for specific areas of employment. Students should see an advisor for information about specific university requirements in mathematics.

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Math & Sciences