Ricardo A. Garcia

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 864-656-3829
Email: ragrc@clemson.edu


  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 1975
  • M.Ed. University of Houston, 1970
  • B.S. University of Houston, 1968

Research Interests

  • My current professional duties include teaching in the mixed majors introductory biology sequence (BIOL 103/104), coordinating the preprofessional programs in rehabilitation sciences and pharmacy, and performing the duties of scheduling officer for the Division of Life Science Studies.
  • The Prerehabilitation Sciences Program includes preprofessional majors in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assisting, and speech pathology. The Prepharmacy Program is for students interested in pursuing pharmacy as a career. As coordinator of these programs and as an advisor, I strive to insure that students majoring in these programs are informed of the requirements for admission to academic, professional programs in their field of interest, and that they make satisfactory progress in satisfying the requirements for admission to those programs. I also attempt to help students work through any problems that they encounter in pursuit of their career goal.

Selected Publications

  • I am currently under contract to McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publishing to analyze every line art and photo in Mader: Biology, 8th ed., and provide feedback, suggestions, and replacement images from various sources for the ninth edition of the biology textbook. I am also under contract to McGraw-Hill to produce storyboards and narration for animations of biological processes for introductory biology courses.

Recent Courses

  • Biology 103 is the first course in a two-semester sequence on the fundamentals of biology emphasizing scientific processes, the structural, molecular, and energetic basis of cellular activities, the fundamentals of genetic variability, and the diversity of animals.
  • Biology 104 is the second course in the introductory biology sequence emphasizing human anatomy and physiology, animals and plants as functional units, evolution and diversity of plants, and principles of evolution and ecology. My intent in these courses is to convey to students how biology is "done," what has been discovered, and how these discoveries relate to their lives. All students should leave these courses with a greater degree of scientific literacy in biology, and those students that choose to pursue a health or biology career will have the necessary background for a successful academic experience in their chosen profession.