Life Sciences Department

The life sciences include a diverse field of scientific investigation about all living things, from bacteria and bugs to plants, animals, and humans. Many would count biology as the central study in this area, but it also includes a wide range of fields such as ecology, anatomy and physiology, zoology, microbiology, and even bioethics and biotechnology.

The Life Sciences department at Madisonville Community College strives to provide an array of courses that will deepen the student’s knowledge of the natural world, while fostering skills that will support the student’s academic and career goals. Currently our department offers the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (with lab)
  • Introductory Biology (with lab)
  • Human Ecology
  • Biological Inquiry Analysis

Our faculty, which consists of 5 full-time instructors and several part-time adjuncts, teach courses both in the traditional classroom format, as well as online and in problem-based learning environments. Classes emphasize a strong content base while improving critical thinking, reading, and communication skills. Our laboratory classes employ a myriad of hands-on techniques, including anatomical models, lab experiments, and field experiences, to engage students in the practical applications of the material.

Our classes are designed for both major and non-major students, so there is something for everyone. Courses will prepare students for future studies in the life sciences, nursing, medicine, allied health, and other careers.

Life Sciences Faculty

Sharon Fugate
Office: Joe C. Davis Building, Room 113
Phone: (270) 824-1832

Gail Hawkins
Office: Joe C. Davis Building, Room 132
Phone: (270) 824-1833Email:

Pam Smith
Office: Joe C. Davis Building, Room 112
Phone: (270) 824-1839

Jennifer Welch
Assistant Professor
Office: Joe C. Davis Building, Room 101
Phone: (270) 824-1837

Marlena West
Office: Joe C. Davis Building, Room 133
Phone: (270) 824-1828