Letter from the Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Biology. We begin spring 2021 with 625 biology majors and an exciting year of development as we continue to update our instruction to meet the rapid advances of 21st century 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;

Leads the university in the percentage and actual number of faculty who conduct 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.

A department is only as good as its professors and staff, and our people have won more university awards for excellence than any other unit at VSU. Here are just a few examples: Excellence awards for research – Drs. Lockhart, Loughry, Nienow and Uyeno; Excellence award for teaching – Dr. Jones; Excellence award for service – Dr. Blackmore and Cantonwine; Employee of the semester – Ms. Regina Ogden. All of this hard work has just one focus, and that is the success of our 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. http://valdosta.mycampusweb.com/

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