Carol VanHooser

Assistant Professor of Biology

M.S., Oakland University
B.S., Central Michigan University

School: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Richardson Academic Center (RAC) 206
Phone: (248) 218.2138



  • Biological Science I
  • Biological Science II
  • Microbiology
  • Intro to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Science Foundations I
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Botany and Zoology
  • Zoology
  • Ecology


Carol completed a bachelor’s degree in science education at Central Michigan University and taught in the public school system for 3 years in the Saginaw area. Upon moving back to Oakland County Carol completed a graduate degree in organismal and have taught courses related to the life sciences here at Rochester College for many years. Carol was instrumental in writing the departmental portion of the Science Education program including the biology major, biology minor, for secondary education and integrated science major for elementary teachers. Carol developed Rochester College’s first online science course, Biological Science I, to meet the needs of pre-nursing students.


When not in the classroom Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children and 7 grandsons working on projects, which abound, and playing together. She spends time in the summer travelling around the country and finds particular enjoyment in visiting historical sites. Carol is a runner, swims often, weather-permitting, and has spent many hours hiking including a section of the Nepali coast in Hawaii, Long’s peak in the Colorado Rockies, hiking to the floor of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and making a pilgrimage to the top of the Flat Iron in the Superstition mountains of Arizona with other family members after he father died. Carol has opened her home to many students and enjoys mentoring and encouraging students both spiritually and academically.