Biology is the study of life from the cellular structure of plants and animals to the environmental issues of a local or global nature. A biologist investigates how organisms are structured, how they evolve, how their life processes function and how they interact with the rest of the environment.
Located between the Five Civilized Tribes to the east and the Plains Indian Tribes of the west, the region around USAO is home to more than 40 federally-recognized Indian tribes. USAO has long attracted a large number of American Indian college students (13% of enrollment).
USAO’s Bachelor of Science degree in business combines the practical procedure of the discipline with the people-oriented aspect of the liberal arts. Business students find an emphasis on effective evaluation of factual information, working efficiently with others, the promotion of moral and ethical values within the business community as well as sound and creative decision making. Business majors have a 33-hour business core designed to ensure student success i
Dr. Brenda Brown has been a faculty member at USAO since 1992. Her areas of speciality include Modern and Postmodern American Literature and Composition & Rhetoric. Her research in these disciplines has been published in a variety of journals, and she regularly presents at the College English Association (CEA) and the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA). Brown has been elected to a variety of positions, including president of the USAO Faculty Association and president of the Women’s Caucus of SCMLA. She has received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Research, and she has been the recipient of numerous Gladys Emerson Emerson Research Awards.
Brown was co-coordinator and primary author of USAO's successful Higher Learning Commission Report and has been trained as a peer reviewer for this organization. She also serves as USAO's Study Abroad Coordinator regularly leading students, alumni, and community members on educational, short term study abroad programs.
A member of Kappa Delta Phi and Sigma Tau Delta during her undergraduate years, Brown sponsored the initiation of the latter at USAO in 2007 and continues to oversee it.
Steve Brown has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1980. Before USAO, he was an assistant professor of art at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Ohio. Brown’s work has been featured in art shows and competitions across the United States where he has won awards at the international, national and regional level. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition awarded Mr. Brown its coveted Award of Excellence in 2002 for artist of the year in Oklahoma. He has been published in several national photography and art magazines. Many of Brown’s students also have been featured in national publications and shows. He has been referenced in “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in America – South and Southwest.” He was awarded the Certification of Achievement, Lead Technology Teacher from the Southwest Regional Education Consortium and the Oklahoma Department of Education.
Brown has served as a trustee for the USAO Foundation, as an advisory panel member for the Oklahoma State Arts Council and received three faculty research grants from USAO. He has participated many times in the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute – winning grants and scholarships from USAO and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Washita Valley Arts Council. Brown has commissioned work throughout Oklahoma that includes leaded windows, stained glass windows, digital photography, silkscreens, graphic design, graphic art and color illustrations.
Dr. John Bruce has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1998. Before coming to Chickasha, he was an instructor at South Texas Community College and a lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American. He has published articles on John Milton, Jonathan Swift and Washington Irving. One article on Swift was published in 2002 in a collection of essays published by Bucknell University Press. Additionally, he has made conference presentations in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Bruce received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2009, a Faculty of Arts Research Grant from the University of Glasgow, a Selden Leavell Endowed Scholarship from the University of Texas-Pan American and a Journalism Scholarship from Humboldt State University. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. He is a past president of the USAO Faculty Association and currently serves on various committees, including the Financial Aid Appeals Committee and the Academic Integrity Committee.
As the advisor of the student newspaper, The Trend, USAO’s Dr. J.C. Casey has an opportunity to work with students both inside and outside the classroom. Casey also has worked with students and staff to produce television shows, documentaries, reader’s theatre and public relations campaigns at the university. Casey has been a faculty member at USAO since 1992. Before coming to the college, she was a lecturer with Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College in Texas. She was a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Maryland, an adjunct instructor with Northeast Louisiana University and a graduate teaching assistant with Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Casey has worked with Oklahoma companies and organizations on public relations, television, radio, magazine publication and newspaper publication. Her research interests include grant writing for communication projects, effects of non-human teaching environments on human communication skills, the figure of the cowboy in American mythology and the development of rodeo in America and its effect on American culture. She is a member of the National Speech Association, American Culture Association, Popular Culture Association and the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association. She also has been a member of several USAO committees. Casey received the Regents Superior Teaching Award in 2007.