The Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University is a student-centered, “full-service” department offering training from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Our students interact closely with a caring faculty of teacher-scholars. Undergraduates receive hands-on training to enter the job market or competitive professional and graduate schools. The Department of Biology places more graduates in pre-professional schools than any other department on campus. Approximately 25% of our graduate students go on to receive PhDs. Creative scholarships and student-research programs give students opportunities to work directly with individual faculty members.
The Department of Biology is made up of 40 full-time faculty, approximately 60 graduate students, and over 1400 undergraduate majors. We offer undergraduate degree programs leading to the BS or BA in biology; our graduate program offers the MS in biology. Our LEED-certified building provides wireless access and the latest in “smart classroom” technology. Facilities include a greenhouse and herbarium, the Savannah Science Museum herpetology collection, scanning electron and confocal microscopes, undergraduate and graduate computer labs, animal rooms, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, and three boats. The department maintains research collaborations with several field stations (both in the U.S. and abroad) and with federal and state agencies. The biology department is closely affiliated with the James H. Oliver Institute for Coastal Plain Science.
The faculty of the Georgia Southern University Biology Department recognizes the foundational importance of evolutionary theory to all of modern biology, and is in full agreement with the Society for the Study of Evolution’s statements on evolution and on the teaching of evolution.