Natural Sciences & Technology

Boozhoo! Welcome!

The Department of Natural Sciences & Technology supports the institutional mission and goals of Leech Lake Tribal College. Our programs prepare students for careers in natural resources, life sciences, forestry, computers and technology, as well as set a foundation necessary to enter a Bachelor’s Degree program. Internships, field experiences, and research opportunities expose students to the benefits of science and technology while developing workforce skills. Our three degree programs promote and facilitate respect and appreciation for Anishinaabe heritage, culture and values. Come join us!!

Melinda Neville
Natural Sciences & Technology Department Chair

Ph.D., Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, ABD (in progress)
M.S., Ecology & Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, 2006

STEM Faculty

Eric Kuha, M.A. English, Bemidji State University, 2009
Neah Goodwin, B.S. Secondary Math, Bemidji State University, 1997
Stacie Lyon, M.S., Psychology of Culture, Walden University, 2012
Steve Smith, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Concordia College, 1987
Kelly Nipp, M.S., Mathematics, Bemidji State University, 2006

Melinda Neville - Faculty

Melinda Neville
Natural Sciences & Technology Department Chair & Earth System Science Instructor
(218) 335-4232


From native geneticists who developed maize, to the southwestern chemists who produced dyes for pottery and weaving, Native Americans were involved in genetics, engineering, architecture, chemistry, pharmacology, and physics long before Europeans landed in North America.

What is STEM?

Stem is the acronym for “science, technology, engineering, and math”. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would like to see an increase of students graduating with a STEM-based degree. They provide funds to colleges for the development of courses, educational materials, and qualified instructors.

STEM at LLTC means you enroll in courses and work towards a degree in a STEM related field. A STEM field is any field that fits under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering, and math. So, it covers a pretty broad range. Every career is touched by the STEM field one way or another.

Read more about STEM programming in Minnesota at MN-STEM online.