Academic Affairs Office

Theresa Van Veelen

Since the completion of my thesis research in 1999, I have been teaching here at Muskegon Community College.  Teaching is exciting and fulfilling for me!  As one who strives to challenge students for meaningful learning, I will continue to provide a variety of learning experiences for students in hope of developing and increasing their science literacy.

Water has been a continual theme in my life - from being raised on a lake in Indiana, working with Muskegon Lake Areas of Concern to my Master's thesis research, a two and a half year water quality study of Spring Lake, Ottawa County, MI.  My hope is to continue working with the local community in an effort to preserve and/or improve the water quality of our water bodies.

I enjoy canoeing, backpacking, primitive camping, soccer, and most outdoor activities.

Audio Podcast


  • M.S., Zoology with specialization in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. 
  • B.S., Biology with emphasis in Botany.  Grand Valley State University. 


  • BIOL 104, Introductory Biology II
  • BIOL 120, Flowering Plants of Southwestern Michigan
  • BIOL 120F, Autumn Flowering Plants of Southwestern Michigan
  • ED 219, Winter 2003
  • BIOL 200, Introductory Evolution