Department of Math, Science
and Technology

Our Mission: "To provide opportunities for learning Science, Math and Technology while incorporating practices
that support traditional Lakota values."



Phone (605) 455-2321
Ext. 342, 343, 345
Fax (605) 455-2603
Faculty:

Mike Fredenberg
M.S. Mathematics
Chairperson
mfredenberg@olc.edu

Kent Jensen
Ph. D. Biology
fallrivr@gwtc.net

Ida Red Bear
M.S. Mathematics
iredbear@enetis.net

Linda Alexander, B.S. Mathematics
lalexander@olc.edu

Al Schwalm, Ph.D. Geology
aschwalm@olc.edu

Adel Heriba, Ph. D. Geology
aheriba@olc.edu

Michael Collins
M.S. Geology
mcollins@olc.edu

Deb Rogers
M.S. Botany
DSRogers1231@aol.com

Andy Conrad, B.S.
Information Technology Specialist
aconrad@olc.edu

Bret Bump, M. S.
Network Information Specialist
bbump@olc.edu

Cliff Delong, SME
Computer Information Specialist
cdelong@olc.edu

Websites:

Curriculum

Spring 2002 Pictel Schedule

Pictel Training

OLC is fast becoming a regional leader in environmental science and pre-engineering and pre-life science programs. The department is leading the college into the next century, developing state of the art technology in computers, distance learning, and science laboratories.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental
Science

Conservation Biology BS Earth Science BS

The Lakota have always held their land base to be sacred. The land is something that must be protected and managed wisely and effectively. Consequently, OLC has developed a strong program in the area of environmental scienc. Two emphasis areas have been developed: earth sciences and conservation biology. In the earth sciences, students learn about water management, solid waste disposal, and a myriad of other issues needed to protect andimprove the quality of life on the reservation. In the area of conservation biology, wise management of wildlife and habitats is critical to the future of our reservation. The Lakota perspective is vital to the environmental science program. All students are required to take specific courses that incorporate traditional Lakota concepts about land, plants, and animals.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology
Information Technology BS

It has been estimated that by the year 2004 there will be a shortage of over 1 million IT professionals in the United States. Many positions on the Pine Ridge Reservation will need to be filled by qualified IT personnel. Our goal is to fill these positions with our Native American graduates. The Department of Science, Math, and Technology Information Technology Bachelor degree program will give you the necessary background and experiences to become a successsful IT Systems Engineer.

Associate of Arts Degree in Environmental Science
Environmental Science AA

This degree is designed to prepare students to continue into OLC's four-year IES program, transfer to an environmental science program at another four-year institution, or to further employment opportunities. This degree provides a well-rounded approach to the environmental sciences, with a strong emphasis on core biology and chemistry components.

Associate of Arts Degree in Information Technology
Information Technology AA

This degree is designed to prepare students to track into OLC's four-year IT program, transfer to an IT degree at another four-year institution, or to further employment oppurtunities. This degree will give you the necessary background to become a successful IT-Systems Technician.

Associate of Arts Degree, Science, Engineering and Math (SEM)
Science, Engineering and Math

While environmental scientists can identify and help to remedy many of the ecological problems that exist on Pine Ridge Reservation, the solution, in many cases, will have to come from the engineering community. OLC has therefore developed a two-year Associate Degree in Science, Engineering and Math (SEM). Students who complete this program can then transfer to a four-year program. Recent studies have shown that Native American students who gain a strong math/science background at their local tribal college will then have a significantly higher chance of completing a four-year degree at an outside institution.

Associate of Arts Degree, Life Science
Life Sciences AA

The same transfer concept that was used to structure the AA, SEm degree has been utilized to develop a new Associate degree in Life Science. The reasons for expanding into this area are two-fold. First, health issues are a major concern on the reservation. Students will be encouraged to explore the connection between health-related issues and the environment. Second, medical schools may be producing Native Americans to work in the health fields, but very few Native Americans actually teach in these medical/nursing programs. Our ultimate goal is to address this issue by having Native Americans complete their graduate degrees in the areas of biology, physiology, and other life science areas.