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Pre-Health Faculty

The following faculty serve on the Pre-Health Committee. For more information about being pre-health at Carthage, contact David Brownholland at


Chair of the Pre-Health Committee, Pre-Dental Coordinator, and

Pre-Medical Coordinator

  • David Brownholland

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Prof. David Brownholland teaches organic and general chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University by utilizing organic chemistry to work in a multidisciplinary project toward the development of a biosensor for an integral membrane protein target believed to be important for cancer therapy. Students working with Prof. Brownholland will spend most of their time synthesizing organic compounds and will learn air-free organic synthesis, purification methods, and 1H NMR spectroscopy.

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Pre-Medical Coordinator

  • Denise Cook-Snyder

    Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

    Professor Denise Cook-Snyder came to Carthage in 2015 from Tufts University. Her research interests focus on defining cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurologic disease. Currently, Prof. Cook-Snyder and her students are determining the role of astrocytes in stroke using a cell culture model, with the goal of identifying therapeutic targets to improve patient recovery after stroke.

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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Coordinator

  • Deborah Tobiason

    Chair, Biology Department; Associate Professor of Biology

    Professor Deborah Tobiason teaches courses in microbiology, molecular biology, and parasitology. She also leads Carthage’s popular Phage Hunters course, in which freshman biology majors isolate and characterize new bacteriophage from the environment.

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Pre-Physical Therapy Coordinator

  • Paul Martino

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Martino teaches courses in anatomy, physiology, and experimental design. He received a Ph.D. in physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Pre-Physician Assistant Coordinator

Pre-Pharmacy Coordinator

  • Christine Blaine

    Chair, Chemistry Department; Professor of Chemistry

    Christine Blaine teaches analytical, inorganic, and general chemistry. Her research involves the impact of road salting on the Pike River Watershed, examining chloride concentrations in water and soil samples due to water runoff from roadways and sidewalks.

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Pre-Nursing Coordinator

  • Frank Hicks

    Director of Nursing, Professor of Nursing

    Prof. Hicks has taught at Indiana University Northwest, Loyola University Chicago, and Rush University College of Nursing, and has been recognized as an excellent teacher for more than 20 years. His clinical background includes positions in medical and surgical critical care areas. 

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Pre-Occupational Therapy Coordinator

  • Ingrid Tiegel

    Professor of Psychological Science

    Professor Ingrid Tiegel is a developmental psychologist interested in the areas of attachment behavior, sibling relations, early childhood interventions and education, health psychology, and youth at risk for psychopathology. She teaches courses in social psychology, child and adolescent development, and psychology of personality.

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Additional Members of the Carthage Pre-Health Committee

  • Temple Burling, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Biology, and Great Ideas
  • Dan Choffnes, Associate Professor of Biology and Asian Studies
  • Laurie Jensen, Clinical Coordinator for Athletic Training Educational Program, Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science
  • Sara Jensen, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Patrick Pfaffle, Professor of Biology
  • Daniel Steiner, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

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    • Beyond the campus boundaries, dinosaur fossils are prepared at the Carthage Institute of Paleontolgoy in Kenosha. A lengthy pterodactyl flight away, Finca Esperanza serves as a base camp for J-Term medical and water quality missions to Nicaragua. 

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …