Faculty Information: L. Rodriguez
Office: CAC 359
Master of Science in Microbiology
University of North Texas, Denton TX
Degree Granted: August 1988
Bachelor’s Of Science in Biology
North Texas State University, Denton TX
Degree Granted: May 1986
My main goal is to make the subject matter interesting, relevant and understandable to students. I strive to break down complex topics into simpler fundamentals and show how they relate to biology and other disciplines. Students are brought gradually from learning/memorization to application, synthesis and critical and abstract thinking. I want to prepare my students with a solid, comprehensive and flexible foundation that will allow them to apply their knowledge and succeed in their chosen field. My greatest satisfaction comes from awakening my student’s intellectual curiosity and having them become self-motivated, avid learners.
Why I became a Biologist:
Initially, like many of my students, I pursued Biology as a means to an end. I began my studies as a Pre-Med student. Eventually, and through a number of life experiences, I realized that a career in medicine was not for me. I did become fascinated by Microbiology, however. Life on the micro-scale! What a concept! I learned that knowing Microbiology helped me understand many other disciplines for Pathology to Chemistry. I fell lucky that I found my niche in the world of Microbiology.
Recommendations for student success in my courses:
Come to class! Even Albert Einstein could not pass courses that he habitually missed! Listen to what the Professor is saying! Many students get so caught up in trying to write everything down, that they miss the important points of discussion. Ask question- If you have read your notes and textbooks ahead of time, you should have some productive questions that will clarify what you are learning in the lecture. Be ready to give your best effort. I sometime s encounter students that are willing to give only a minimal effort in my course and this will not work! Education ins an investment the more you put in, the more you will get out of it. Prepare yourself well ahead of time for exams and assignments. If you have trouble in the course, seek help early! A few last bits of advice: please leave bad attitudes at home, turn off your cell phone, and do not plan vacations during the semester.
What’s great about the Biology Department at San Antonio College:
Our department has an outstanding reputation among students, faculty and other institutes of learning. We have consistently held high standards in our academic endeavors and this has served our students well. I have spoken to many Nursing, Medical, and Dental School Deans over the years and they have always had high praise for our students and for our courses. Any student successfully completing our program can feel confident that they will have an excellent foundation in Biology.
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