Advisement & Registration


As stated in the 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Catalog:

The Department of Biology has two programs of courses-one leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and one to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology.  In addition, the Master of Science with a major in biology is also offered.  The department also participates in several pre-professional programs such as pre-dental hygiene, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-respiratory therapy, pre-optometry, and medical technology.

Specifically, faculty specialties for career and department advising is as follows:

Professional Programs

Faculty Advisors

Helpful Links

Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Cantonwine


Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant

Dr. Loughry

Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Flyer

Animal Behavioral

Drs. Loughry, McDonough, Mott, and Reece


Aquatic Biology

Drs. Nienow, Mott, Waters, and Reece      


Biology Teacher

Dr. Jones


Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Science

Dr. Gannon



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-Fraser, and Henkel



Drs. Turco and Calestani


Pre-Occupational Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove  

Pre-Occupational Therapy Flyer

Pre-Physical Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove   

Pre-Physical Therapy Flyer

Pre-Physician Assistant

Drs. Goddard and Chambers

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

Plant Sciences

Drs. Cantonwine and Carter



Drs. Nienow and Anderson

Pre-Dentistry Flyer and
Dental Hygiene Flyer


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

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


Drs. Goddard and Carter

Pre-General Optometry Info and
Pre-Optometry flyer


Drs. Doscher and Waters

Pre-Veterinary Flyer

Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Drs. Fort and Grove                               

Pre-Respiratory Therapy Flyer

Advising Week for Spring 2016

Wondering who your advisor is? Visit our FAQ page.

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Biology's General Advisor

For specific advising questions please refer to the above listed advisers.  For general biology advising questions please contact Biology's General Advisor, Ms. Macey C. Nester.

Centralized Advising

Centralized Advising is for all freshmen who have 0 to 30 credit hours. Biology majors with more than 30 credit hours should get advised by their assigned advisor during advising week.  Refer to Advising FAQ's below to find out who your advisor is.  In the Centralized Advising center there is a specific advisor assigned to each department for individual student advising.  Biology's assigned Centralized Advising Advisor is Mr. Kirk Johnson.  He can be reached at telephone number (229) 333-5442.  Mr. Johnson's office is temporarily located in Pine Hall RM 154. Temporary Map

Beginning Biology Sophomores Transition Advising Procedures

Congratulations on selecting BIOLOGY as your major here at Valdosta State University!

Now that you have completed a successful 1st year here at VSU, it is time to make your transition from the freshmen Centralized Advising center over to your selected major department--Biology!

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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

Advising Forms

Advising Resources

Recommended Four-Year Program of Study for Full-Time Students