Biology

Are you interested in the study of life, ranging from molecules to ecosystems, with applications in medicine, conservation, teaching, and more?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences is designed to help students develop the content knowledge, conceptual understanding, and scientific skills needed to explore the living world across all levels of biological organization. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in biology, and allows students to select one of five concentrations to guide their upper-division coursework: Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Coastal Ecology, Integrative Biology, or Secondary Education.
 
Biological Sciences majors practice scientific reasoning and investigative methods in the classroom, laboratory, and field, including the natural environment of the Georgia coast. They also have many opportunities for experiential learning in the form of internships and service-learning projects with community partners and undergraduate research with faculty mentors. Through these experiences, students are able to apply and extend their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom to the research lab, the estuary, the clinic, or the K-12 classroom. Students may present their work at the annual Coastal Science Symposium, the Service-Learning Symposium, the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, and regional/national conferences. Students are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities such as Biology Club and STEM outreach.
 
Biological Sciences alumni have succeeded in professional and graduate programs including, but not limited to, medical school, veterinary school, pharmacy school, public health, integrative life sciences, marine sciences, entomology, and astrobiology. They have also been employed by a variety of private sector firms, state and federal agencies, and local school systems.

 

SEA-PHAGES

The Science Education Alliance - Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science - is a two-semester, discovery-based, undergraduate research program. Students can participate in one or both courses.

The program is administered by the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bacteriophages ("phages") are viruses that infect and replicate within bacteria and archaea, ultimately killing their host bacteria. They are target-specific and can attack host bacteria without harming the human body. The use of phages can be an effective tool to combat bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Bacteriophage exists abundantly in the soil, which is where students start in the first part of the course.

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Concentrations in Biological Science

 

Coastal Georgia Biology grad wins NASA award

Coastal Georgia graduate Madeline Garner - now a fellow in Montana State University's Molecular Biosciences Program - has won a prestigious NASA award to advance search for extraterrestrial life. Garner is one of only 33 doctoral students among 249 applicants nationwide to be selected. She is exploring how a tool that has recently revolutionized DNA sequencing could be applied to detecting biomolecules in extreme environments like those found on Jupiter's moon.

"This is about looking for life not just as we know it here on Earth, but as we don't know it," she said. "That's what's really exciting."

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