Bailey Science Center
Home of the Department of Biology
Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Future Nursing student studying Anatomy and Physiology
Scanning Electron Microscope
Student using the SEM for an undergraduate research project
Research at VSU
Biology of Macrofungi
Students collecting mushrooms for a class project
Class in The Florida Keys
Palmer Station, Antarctica
Is where Dr. Theresa Grove is currently studying how Antarctic fish respond to increases in ocean temperature.
First penguin sighting by Dr. Grove in Antarctica at Palmer Station!
VSU with ASU
Studying Abroad in Ireland Summer 2015 at Waterford Institute of Technology
Biology's Science Saturday
Students taking notes of display during Biology's Annual Science Saturday.
Letter from the Department Head
Welcome to the Department of Biology. We begin fall 2018 with 300 new biology students and if you are part of the 49% of students who were accepted after applying to our major we want to say Congratulations! 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;
Has $1.1 million dollars in endowed funds used to award scholarships each year.
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 has achieved a zero percent achievement gap for the last three years in the graduation rates between white and minority students – and achievement that is extremely rare in academia. So again, welcome to our successful program and if you are not with us yet – apply today!
If I can be of any help to you as a prospective or current student, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Room 2035, 2nd Floor
Bailey Science Building
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
Monday - Thursday
8:00AM until 5:30PM
8:00AM until 3:00PM
Saturday - Sunday