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Bob Gates

Lee Vines,
Professor, Biological and Physical Sciences Division


Professor Lee Vines has been enthusiastically teaching the Principles of Biology I and Principles of Biology II at the College of Southern Maryland for over 11 years. Additionally, Lee instructs courses in Botany for both lecture and lab.

As a highly respected and knowledgeable veteran of science in the Southern Maryland community, Lee is a proud and active member of the National Science Teachers Association, the Maryland Native Plant Society, the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, and the Audubon Naturalist Society. His passion for teaching science is not limited to the classrooms of College of Southern Maryland.

Warmly referred to as “Leaf Man,” he is routinely planting the seeds of learning by giving educational tours of nature to Preschool children at the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center. Lee’s passion for plants is almost legendary, and he is featured in video presentations (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVT6RXlwIyQ) for techniques in plant pressing and collecting.

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma; and received a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He is married to Mary Hunt, also a College of Southern Maryland professor teaching Early Childhood Education.

“To earn a degree at CSM in Biological Sciences, BIO-1060/BIO-1060L Principles of Biology I, and BIO-1070/BIO-1070L Principles of Biology II, are the first two basic courses that a student will need to take. They were designed to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. CSM has patterned these courses after the requirements at the University of Maryland, College Park.” --Lee Vines

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Faculty Spotlight: Bob Gates
Warmly referred to as “Leaf Man,” Lee Vines is routinely planting the seeds of learning. READ MORE
Points of Distinction
  1. Occupations are abundant with a biological sciences degree, ranging from a biologist to a conservation scientist, to a dentist, to a veterinarian.

  2. Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow much faster than the average.

  3. Students can easily transfer to a four-year college or university after completing their associate’s degrees at the College of Southern Maryland.

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