A.S. to B.S. Online at Seminole State

Seminole State offers a clear pathway to a bachelor’s in three years. All online. Part-time. Experienced, real-world faculty.


Wharton-Smith Center for Construction

Build a bright future for yourself with a four-year degree in construction from Seminole State. Headed by the Wharton-Smith Center for Construction, part of the Seminole State School of Engineering, Design and Construction, this program focuses as heavily on classwork as it does real site visits and practical application - giving you a strong foundation in this always in-demand job market.
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Health Sciences

Management & Professional Services

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) is focused on career advancement for current practitioners by providing the skills, competencies, and values needed to advance and professionally contribute the evolving heath care industry.
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Information Systems Technology

Cyber Security Specialization

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (B.S.I.S.T.) degree program provides students with the knowledge required to direct and control computerized information resources within diverse organizational settings.
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Learn from Real-World Experience

Our faculty and staff are Scholar-Practitioners who bring real-world work experience to education in a unique in college/university environment. All full-time faculty are:

  • Academically credentialed
  • Experienced industry professionals
  • Professionally licensed/credentialed in their field
  • Many instructors are or have been senior leaders from national/global companies

Wharton-Smith Center for Construction and
Center for Architecture and Interior Design

Tan Qu

Tan Qu, PhD, PE, LEED AP

Program Manager

  • Licensed professional engineer in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina
  • LEED Accredited professional
  • 15 years as a civil engineer and senior project manager for local & national firms
  • Expertise in Design/Build and a research focus in wireless/remote communication technologies for construction site use
  • Doctorate in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida, Master of Science in Construction Management from the Harbin Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Huazhong University

Cecilia Larsson

Cecilia Larsson, PhD

Program Manager/Professor, Engineering Technology

  • Experienced engineering materials researcher and practitioner
  • Worked with Volvo Aero, SAAB Military Aircraft, Propart-Ponar-Remo and PLM
  • Published in Materials Science and Engineering, A Scripta Materialia, International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
  • Presenter and researcher at national conferences including: TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, the Annual Denver X-ray Conference, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Grant recipient from the Sweden-America Foundation, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Axel Hultgrens Foundation for Scientific Experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctorate in Engineering Materials from Linköping University, Sweden.

Health Sciences

Robert McGraw

Robert McGraw, DHSc

Professor/Program Manager

  • Licensed Florida paramedic
  • 26 years’ experience as a field paramedic, command officer, manager, and educator
  • AHA BCLS, ACLS, and NAEMT PHTLS provider and instructor; University of Miami Advanced Stroke and Acute Coronary provider and instructor
  • Patient care experience includes 911, inter-facility, and critical care transport of both medical and trauma patients of all age groups
  • Served as Consultant to develop Advanced Life Support (ALS) systems
  • An Endowed Teaching Chair recipient and three-time recognized EMS Instructor of the Year award honoree, Dr. McGraw helps to bring health science to life in the online environment
  • Doctorate of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University; Bachelor’s in Health Administration, University of Phoenix

Lance Leider

Lance Leider, JD

Adjunct Professor, Health Sciences

  • Practicing Attorney in Health Law
  • Certified in Administrative and Health Law
  • Member of the Florida Bar Association
  • Represents individual providers and small to mid-sized healthcare practices and facilities before Federal and State agencies
  • Brings current legal issues facing the healthcare system, and their impact on healthcare delivery, into the classroom
  • Juris Doctorate, Barry University
  • Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science, Univ. of Florida

Center for Information Technology

Craig Tidwell

Craig Tidwell, PhD

Professor/Program Manager

  • Program manager for UCF Regional Campuses and Faculty member in the Management Information Systems Department in the College of Business at UCF for 10 years
  • 25 years’ of College teaching experience in Florida and in North Carolina in the information technology fields (from programming, networking, database, systems, etc.)
  • Over 15 years working on National Science Foundation grants, serving as principle investigator and co-principle investigator on several large NSF technology grants and as a peer grant reviewer for both the NSF and HED in Washington, DC.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Modeling and Simulation from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from California State University East Bay, Master of Science in Business from the University of North Carolina, Master of Science in Management Information Systems from UCF 

School of Construction, Design, Engineering and Information Technologies

Basim W. Khartabil

Basim W. Khartabil, PhD

Associate Vice President

  • Over 19 years experience with Robert Morris University in Chicago as dean of faculty, faculty member, Institute of Technology dean, Outcome Assessment Program chair, and School of Computer Studies assistant dean
  • Multiple years of experience as Innovative Solutions Hub Inc.'s IT consultant of the greater Chicago area
  • Numerous years of experience with PETRA Engineering Industries Company, serving as international sales and support engineer regional director, with earlier roles including electrical manufacturing and design engineer
  • External Advisory Board member with University of Illinois at Chicago, participating in long-range strategic planning; solicits funding to support facilities, research, scholarships, chaired professorships; provides external curriculum improvement feedback; active participant in student events and supports career placement of students
  • Board member at Illinois Technology Foundation with key areas of focus implemented through mentorship, career fairs participation and technology awareness sessions
  • Former Graduate Council member and Conference Planning Committee member at Robert Morris University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service (ABD) from Cardinal Stritch University; Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Network Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Philadelphia University

Center for Computer and Engineering Technology

Adam Stark

Adam Stark, PhD

Academic Dean

  • Numerous years' experience at Seminole State College of Florida as academic dean, professor and program manager for networking and information security, and technology support services manager
  • Multiple years' experience at Purdue University as service desk manager and desktop support specialist while serving as a Purdue University worklife ambassador
  • Served as information technology assistant/program manager with Paste Holdings. Managed oil field rehabilitation project, oversaw network and security office facilities relocation, created custom accounting profitability solutions, while maintaining the resale property and equipment website. 
  • Information specialist experience with AllChem Industries. Maintained corporate network resources, administered firewall and remote user access utilizing Microsoft Terminal Services, while troubleshooting technical problems, monitoring VPN remote user access connections, and writing network protocols/procedures. Partnered with executive level management to create and monitor technology budget.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Leadership and Innovation from Purdue University; Graduate Certificate in Data Science from Indiana University Bloomington, Master in Business Administration from University of Florida - Warrington College of Business; bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University

Wharton-Smith Center for Construction and Center for Architecture and Interior Design

Cheryl Knodel

Cheryl Knodel, RID, NCIDQ


  • Licensed interior designer
  • 25 years’ design experience in corporate offices, medical, and hospitality design
  • 12 years’ teaching, and leading, design and construction programs at Seminole State
  • Active practitioner, working closely with industry partners to bring emerging trends into instructional programs
  • Promotes project-based, cross-disciplinary learning through community service
  • Notable community projects engaging design and construction students
  • Bathroom redesign & renovation to accommodate disabled veteran
  • Kitchen redesign for client with adult autistic children
  • Complete design and build of tiny house
  • Master of Science in Architecture from University of Nebraska, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University


Business & Information Management
Kathleen Wilson

Health Sciences
Shelly Deans

Construction, Engineering Technology, Information Systems Technology and Interior Design
Nathasha Garcia