School of Science, Technology, Health & Human Services

Our top priority is to equip our students to create innovative approaches as well as equipping them with cutting edge education on the path to medicine, dentistry, allied health and life sciences, Computer Science and Cyber Security, Environmental Sciences and To prepare and equip students for advanced studies, marketing and promotional strategies, and disaster situations in the fields of Emergency management and Homeland security.

The goals of the Biology Major are:

  1. To equip the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Biology or in professional schools for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health or other related areas;
  2. To improve the acquisition of critical thinking skills necessary for the understanding and practice of science;

A major in Biology consists of:

  • At least 45 semester hours of course work in Biology (four of which are elective hours)
  • 20 semester hours of course work in Chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of Physics
  • 6 semester hours of Computer Science
  • 9 hours of Mathematics.

A graduate is also required to complete the College’s General Education requirements and three (3) elective semester hours outside of the department.

The total number of hours needed to fulfill degree requirements for a major in Biology is 127 hours.

Computer Science

The general goals of the Computer Science major are:

  1. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science or related areas; and
  2. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to pursue a meaningful career in business, industry, or government.

Computer Science requires:

  • Math 231 and Math 232 (A total of 6 semester hours, as part of 44 additional semester hours from General Education courses)
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of course work in the major (Computer Science)
  • 21 semester hours in mathematics
  • 8 semester hours in physics
  • 6 semester hours of electives.

A minimum of 121 hours are needed to graduate.

Emergency Management

The goals of the Emergency Management major are to:

  1. Prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century in the field of Emergency Management, by making sure students are prepared for numerous careers in emergency management, hazardous material management and other related fields, as well as, graduate work in these and other disciplines (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) through quality teaching by continuing to strengthen teaching and student learning in the major.
  2. Prepare students to fill staffing needs of local, regional, and national employment sectors.  In addition prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment opportunities in various fields such as local, state, and federal government emergency management;  law enforcement, private sector emergency preparedness, and continuity planning.

A major in Emergency Management requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 15 hours of courses appropriate to the major
  • 36 hours of Emergency Management Major Core Courses
  • 9 hours in restrictive electives
  • 15 hours in free electives

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Emergency Management, 125 semester credit hours are required.

After successfully completion of the program, students will

  • Be able to interpret the fundamental components, functions of the environment;
  • Be able to describe the interrelationships of factors affecting the environment;
  • Be able to apply key concepts of science to critically analyze environmental issues;
  • Be able to communicate effectively through presentations in identifying and solving environmental issues.

    The Environmental Science Degree program at Voorhees University is a comprehensive academic program that meets the requirements of a Bachelor’s of science degree program and is designed to engage the entire campus and prepare students for educational opportunities and careers in the various areas of environmental science. The program incorporates the University’s General Education Program as well as courses in natural science, social sciences, environmental science core courses, environmental science skills courses, an externship experience, and a capstone senior thesis.

A major in Environmental Science is consists of:

  • At least 45 semester hours of course work in Environmental Science
  • 12 semester hours of course work in Chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of Physics
  • 3 semester hours of Computer Science
  • 9 hours of Mathematics.

    A graduate is also required to complete the University’s General Education requirements and three (3) elective semester hours outside of the Program.

    The total number of hours needed to fulfill degree requirements for a major in Environmental Science is 128 hours.

The goals of the General Public Health major are to:

1. Provide students with the dynamics of issues related to infectious diseases, chronic disorders, environmental hazards, injury, abuse, violence and access to health care;

2. Engage students in developing an understanding of the public health professionalism.



A major in Public Health is consists of:
  • At least 45 semester hours of course work in Public Health (four of which are elective hours)
  • 20 semester hours of course work in Chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of Physics
  • 6 semester hours of Computer Science
  • 9 hours of Mathematics.

    A graduate is also required to complete the University’s General Education requirements and three (3) elective semester hours outside of the Program.

    The total number of hours needed to fulfill degree requirements for a major in Public Health is 122 hours.

  • Faculty information:
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Dr. Zhabiz Golkar

Dean and Professor

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 104
Office Phone: 803-780-1060
Email Address: zgolkar@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Genomics

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Dr. Xiaohua Jin

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 112
Office Phone: 803-780-1055
Email Address: xjin@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Computer Science + Mathematics

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Roger E. Riley

Emergency Management Instructor

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 102
Office Phone: 803-541-2013
Email Address: rriley@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Emergency Management

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Dr. Anastasiya Yakunina

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 125
Office Phone: 803-780-1056
Email Address: ayakunina@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Mathematics

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Dr. Jianye Zhang

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science & Chemistry

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 119
Office Phone: 803-780-1064
Email Address: jzhang@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Public Health

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Jeffery Hughes

Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach/Instructor of Health and Wellness

Office Location: Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center
Room #: 119
Office Phone: 803-780-1067
Email Address: jhughes@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Health and Wellness

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Dr. Xiqiang Zheng

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator of Mathematics and Computer Science

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 118
Office Phone: 803-780-1066
Email Address: xzheng@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Mathematics, Computer Science, Medical image processing or computations

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Dr. Kendall M. Williams, DrPH

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Public Health

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 109
Office Phone: 803-780-1054
Email Address: kwilliams@voorhees.edu

Area of Specialty: Public Health

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