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The world today is becoming more and more technical, but the number of technical, science-oriented, majors has been steadily decreasing in recent years.  Opportunities in STEM fields abound, yet some must go unfulfilled.  It is time now to turn things around.  The latest teaching techniques have made studying and learning in these fields fun, exciting, and easier to grasp.  Gone are the days of memorizing seemingly unrelated principles and facts.  Welcome are the days of natural inquiry and developmental approaches that allow for concrete experiences and foster quicker learning and longer retention.


The aim of the STEM initiative at GSW is to increase enrollment and success in STEM courses and to increase the number of these majors and graduates.  This extends beyond the campus boundaries to area feeder schools by working with students and teachers to build interest, confidence, and expertise in STEM learning, several years before students enroll in college.


GSW is committed to ramping up the emphasis in STEM teaching and learning for the betterment of the students and the world in which we live.


STEM offices are located in Science 108.


Biology offers a B.S. Degree in Biology and a minor in Biology.  These provide preparation for work in zoological, botanical, ecological, medical, dental, veterinarian and other vital areas.

Chemistry offers a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Chemistry and preparation in the fields of environmental analysis, research and development, safety, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, production and management.

Geology and Physics offer a B.S. in Geology and preparation in the geosciences and graduate work in geology.  Many diverse options await the graduates from environmental geology and hydrogeology to oceanography, paleobiology, and petrology.

Engineering Dual-Degree offers a cooperative degree with the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Students generally complete 3 years at GSW and 2 years at Georgia Tech, which leads to a B.S. Degree in Math or a specific science and a B.S. Degree from Georgia Tech in a specific engineering discipline.  The more popular engineering fields being:  Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Material Science, Mechanical, and Nuclear.

Information Technology offers a B.S. Degree in Information Technology.  This program prepares students to work in network administration, information security, telecommunications, web development, and computer graphics.

Computer Science offers a B.S. in Computer Science, which prepares students to design and develop solution algorithms, design and build computer systems, design and translate languages, and to use languages and computers efficiently to solve a variety of otherwise tedious and complicated problems.

Mathematics offers a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Option in Industrial Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Teacher Certification, and a Masters in Education in Secondary Mathematics.  Career opportunities are many and varied.  Banking, business, computer science, actuarial science, insurance, civil service and education are just a few.


Dr. M. Elizabeth Gurnack
STEM Advocate
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Universtiy of Illinois
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Science Building Room 108
Phone: 229.931.52356


Academy for Future Teachers

From June 23 through June 30, we will host an all-day workshop for future teachers in STEM fields. Qualified rising high school juniors and seniors from southwest Georgia are invited to participate in this learning experience.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted based upon high school grades, letters of recommendation and activities/service/honors. Application forms and requirements and forms can be accessed from the following link:

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On-campus science/math tutoring:  A science/math tutoring lab is organized to assist freshmen with their introductory courses.  Upper-division GSW students staff the lab.  Currently tutoring is provided in math and science in Science 123/124.  As need is identified, additional tutors will be added in other science areas.

Science Competition:  Plans have been made to hold a science competition in April of 2009.  Area schools have been invited to our campus to compete on a written exam, participate in science and math labs and act out a version of the popular board game: Robo Rally.

Workshops, Training and Off-campus Visitations:  Efforts are underway to begin working with area teachers and their classes to enhance interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  In order to increase excitement and performance in STEM fields in our area, a combined and cooperative program will be developed to create effective and long-lasting improvements and mastery of these vital disciplines.


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