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The Biology Department at Valdosta State University offers only one degree program, specifically in "biology."  This means that whatever your career interests, your major at VSU is 'Biology' and the department's first priority is to recommend courses that fulfill your Biology Major curriculum including all Department, College (Arts and Sciences), and state (Board of Regents) requirements.  We recognize that many students will have interests in continuing their careers in many different fields and our faculty advisers will offer advice on specific elective courses that you should take to fill not only your Biology Major requirements but prerequisite courses for admission to postgraduate or transfer programs.  Specifically, faculty specialties for career and department advising is as follows:

Professional Programs

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Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Cantonwine

 

Anesthesiologist Assistant

Dr. Loughry

Anesthesiologist Assistant Flyer

Animal Behavioral

Drs. Loughry, McDonough, and Bechler

 

Aquatic Biology

Drs. Nienow, Bechler, and Waters       

 

Biology Teacher

Dr. Jones

 

Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Science

Dr. Gannon

 

Ecology

Drs. Bergstrom and Cantonwine

 

Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Drs. Turco, Lockhart, and Blackmore

 

General Biology

All faculty members

 

Genetics Biotechnology

Drs. Elder and Ring

 

Marine Biology

Drs. Grove, Bielmyer, and Henkel

 

Microbiology

Drs. Turco and Calestani

 

Occupational Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove  

Occupational Therapy Flyer

Physical Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove   

Physical Therapy Flyer

Physician Assistant

Drs. Goddard and Chambers

General Info. on P.A.'s and
Physician Assistant Flyer

Plant Sciences

Drs. Cantonwine and Carter

 

Pre-Dentistry

Drs. Nienow and Anderson

Pre-Dentistry Flyer and
Dental Hygiene Flyer

Pre-Medicine

Drs. Blackmore, Elder, Lockhart, Ring, Fort, Kang, Uyeno, and Corteau

Pre-Medical Program at VSU Flyer
Pre-Medical Flyer Medical Technology Flyer and
Letter of Evaluation Form

Pre-Optometry

Drs. Goddard, and Carter

General Optometry Info and
Pre-Optometry flyer

Pre-Veterinary

Drs. Doscher and Waters

Veterinary Flyer

Respiratory Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove                               

Respiratory Therapy Flyer

For specific advising questions please refer to the above listed advisers.  For general biology advising questions please see Ms. Tiffany Aaron.

Students can find a wealth of advice and information from many networked sources. One of the best I've seen for advice about health professions is by Dan Knauft, an active member of the National Academic Advising Association, and former senior health professions counselor at the University of Texas at Austin.  There are over 800 useful links to be found on this site covering aspects of choosing careers, pre-medical and other allied health field advising, interviewing, testing, and applying to various programs.  (RHG)

Requirements for a second bachelor’s degree

Complete all science and math courses required for the biology degree. As for the core, a new student to VSU from another state only has to meet the legislative requirements (US/GA History and US/GA Constitution) and complete Area F for their major. They do not have to do anything else within the core. Most students do the exemption exams in the testing office to satisfy the legislative requirements

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