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Department of

Biology

The Biology Program at Georgia Southwestern State University provides students with a broad education in biological science rather than specialized expertise in one narrow discipline. Our faculty provide courses that include laboratory components, both in the lab and field, to provide hands-on experience in preparation for a career in a variety of professional disciplines.

Biology at GSW offers specialized tracts preparing pre-professional students for admission to Medical School, Dental School, Veterinary Medicine, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs, Graduate School in the Biological Sciences, and others. 

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Professional & Allied Health Care Programs

The Department of Biology at Georgia Southwestern State University aims to provide students with a comprehensive education that cultivates lifelong learning through the application of scientific knowledge. 

Department Contact

Department of Biology

Science / Roney Building

229-931-2135
deborah.standridge@gsw.edu

Monday – Friday: 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Faculty & Staff

Mission
Herbarium
Field Trips

The Department of Biology at Georgia Southwestern State University aims to provide students with a comprehensive education that cultivates lifelong learning through the application of scientific knowledge. 

Students learn the fundamentals of biology and implement them through applied pedagogy and undergraduate research. Through this instruction they develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to assimilate, interpret and communicate scientific knowledge. The students become competitive for the best opportunities available following graduation, including professional and graduate school programs.

The GSW Herbarium has an impressive collection of over 13,000 cataloged specimen with the majority of the specimen being non-local flora and mostly from California and Utah. The bulk of the collection was donated to GSW by Dr. Robert A. Norris and is referred to as the Norris Collection.

Work in the herbarium has been focused on the digitization of the Norris Collection. Each specimen was imaged and the skeletal label information was entered into Symbiota hosted by SERNEC. Symbiota provides a web portal to the data so that it can be search by individuals around the globe. To access the entered collection information, you can go to http://www.sernecportal.org/portal/index.php and limit your search to the GSW Herbarium. This project is nearly complete with over 95% of the collection submitted to SERNEC. Work is ongoing to complete full entry of all label data for each specimen. 

Dr. Norris had a Ph.D. in biology and was a professor at Valdosta State University, Rutgers University and University of California at Berkeley.  For over 30 years, he collected and traded his specimen with other intuitions.  After donating his collection to the university, Dr. Norris continued to work with it and served as its curator until his death in 2010. Georgia Southwestern State University  is honored to house the Norris Collection and appreciates all his labor and devotion to this project. He will be missed.

Would you like support the Herbarium and our efforts to digitize the Norris Collection?  Donations can be made to GSW Foundation for Biology/Herbarium. Send donations to:

GSW Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 926
Newman Alumni House
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709
Email: foundation@gsw.edu
Phone: 229-931-2014
Fax: 229-931-2845

Donations are Tax-Deductible

Field trips are an important component of the learning experience in Biology at GSW.  A simple walk outside the classroom can add an entirely new prospective to a topic. Field trips provide the opportunity to experience new habitats and to appreciated the diversity of the natural world.

Weekend camping trips allow for further travels. Students can experience environments as vastly different as the long-leaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem of Northern Florida and the lush growth of a temperate forest along the ridges and valleys of North Georgia. From the sandy shores of St. George Island to the maritime forest of Sapelo Island, the wonders of nature energize students and faculty alike.

Weekend trips are typically associated with field classes so most of these trips occur during the Spring semester. Student in the associated class are given first refusal, but if space allows other students can participate. There is typically a fee to cover food and campsite cost.

Interested in the Biology Program?

Students learn the fundamentals of biology and implement them through applied pedagogy and undergraduate research. Through this instruction they develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to assimilate, interpret and communicate scientific knowledge. The students become competitive for the best opportunities available following graduation, including professional and graduate school programs.

If you'd like to learn more about the programs offered or courses available, please call 229-931-2135 or view the course schedule rotation below.
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