John S. Peters, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor   |   Department of Biology  |  College of Charleston
Director  |   Natural Science Supplemental Instruction Program  at the  Center for Student Learning
Adviser| BS in Biology Teaching Option  | Master of Education - Science & Math for Teachers | Secondary Science Education Major |  Master of Environmetal Studies

Grant Funded Projects Teaching Philosophy Supplemental Instruction Publications

College of Charleston
Rita L Hollings Science Center
58 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29424
: RHSC 207  (Old Science Center)
Office Phone: (843) 953-1422
Office Hours: Mondays 11-noon; Thursdays 2-3:30 PM or by appointment
: (843) 953-5453


Research Interests: Science Education - Scientific literacy, Problem Based Learning (PBL) and other inquiry-based approaches to learning in biology. Fisheries biology; early life history of marine fishes.

Publications and Manuscripts:

Peters, J.S., and D.J. Schmidt, 1997.  Daily age and growth of larval and early juvenile Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) from the South Atlantic Bight.  Fisheries Bulletin.  95(3), 530-539.

Peters, John S. (2006) Science-technology-society literacy in college non-majors biology: Comparing problem/case studies based learning and traditional expository methods of instruction. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, United States -- Colorado. ProQuest Digital Dissertations database. (Publication No. AAT 3231302).

Peters, J.S. 
Discovering Biological Science: A Laboratory Manual for Introductory Non-majors' Biology.

Think...."of an experience from your childhood.  Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there.  After all, you really were there at the time, weren't you?  How else would you remember it?  But here is the bombshell: you weren't there.  Not a single atom that was in your body was there when the event took place...Matter flows from place to place, and momentarily comes together to be you.  Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made."
From Creation: Life and How to Make It by Steve Grand

Grant Funded Projects:
Principal Investigator - Problem Based Learning and Scientific Inquiry in Introductory Biology: Connecting Problem-Based Learning and Scientific Inquiry.

Co-Principle Investigator - Science & Math Instructional Partnerships - Building Professional Learning Communities - A SC State Department of Education Math-Science Partnership Grant (PI - Dr. William Veal, Dept. of Teacher Education)


Current (Spring 2014)
          SMFT 538 - Topics in Zoology for Teachers    
Past Courses
SMFT 697 - Concepts and Applications of Biology for HS & MS Teachers
SMFT 639 - Genetics and Molecular Biology for Teachers  
SMFT  697 - Evolution, Ecology & Conservation Biology  
Biology 101 - Concepts and Applications in Biology I
Biology 102 - Concepts and Applications in Biology II
Biology 111 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology 112 - Introduction to Evolution, Animal and Plant Biology
Biology 151 - Honors Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology 211 - Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
Biology 341 - General Ecology