Letter from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Biology. This website is very complete and offers all the information you need about our courses, degrees and faculty. The Department is focused on student success and as such we are the campus leader on the utilization of high-impact educational practices to increase student retention and graduation rates. Specifically, the Department of Biology:

Was the first to require a Freshman Seminar for all new students, focusing on college skills and career advising;

Leads the university in the number of Freshman Learning Communities it provides for VSU students;

Has a dedicated faculty who conduct extensive undergraduate research experiences with students;

Has required a Senior Seminar capstone experience for decades;

Is the only department that provides ePortfolios to all incoming freshmen.

All freshmen who remain in biology will experience at least three of the above high-impact practices by the time they graduate. In addition, as a result of the dedicated faculty, the intentional advising and the design of the degrees, the Department now has a zero percent achievement gap for graduation rates between white and minority students – and achievement that is extremely rare in academia. 

Finally, many of the faculty in the Department were honored in 2016 by the State of Georgia for being leaders in finding ways to reduce textbook costs to students!

If I can be of any help to you as a prospective or current student, please e-mail me at rlgannon@valdosta.edu.

Please follow the link below if you would like to receive a brochure about the Department of Biology.


Robert L. Gannon, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Biology