The Biology Department is one of the outstanding departments on the Fort Valley State campus. We have a great record for preparing students to enter professional schools like dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy. We also have a large number of graduates going on to graduate schools at major institutions of higher learning. Since 1991 44.6% of Biology graduates have gone on to earn graduate and professional degrees. If you or someone you know wants to be successful in any area of Allied Health please consider us! Health careers are not the only thing we can prepare you for either. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Biology with the following concentrations:
- Allied Health Science
- Wildlife Conservation
- Forensic Science
If you want to stand out in a crowd, we can help you do it! Not only do you have the benefit of a dedicated and experienced faculty in the classroom, we also extend our educational efforts beyond the classroom. These are a few of the many things we do for you, the student:
- Help you find and be accepted to summer research programs and/or internships on campus or with major research institutions or national agencies such as the Purdue University, Danforth Plant Science Center, Michigan State University, University of California, US Geological Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, etc.
- Help you prepare research presentations for professional meetings such as the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Society of In Vitro Biology, etc.
- MCAT/GRE/PCAT/DAT standardized test preparation
- Study abroad in such places as Kenya and Belize
- Take you on field trips to such places as the Centers for Disease Control, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Medical College of Georgia, Florida Everglades, etc.
- Arrange speaker and recruiter visits from graduate or professional schools, businesses, and national agencies such as USGS, EPA, Monsanto, University of Georgia, Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine, USDA/APHIS, etc.
Biology majors go places and do things that the typical undergraduate never has a chance to do. Join the Biology family and be an FVSU Wildcat!
Study abroad programs are available for class credit to the individual or groups of students. The Biology Department has sponsored study abroad classes covering wildlife conservation and environmental issues in Kenya and watershed management concerns in Belize. Faculty has also been involved in study abroad in Sweden and Denmark comparing the health care systems of these socialist countries to our own.
Clubs and Organizations
Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society
Beta Kappa Chi is a scientific honor society that has a legacy “to encourage and advance scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science.” STEM majors with GPAs of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in their majors are invited to join upon the completion of 90 hours of course work.
The activities of the Science Club include sponsorship of benefit socials, field trips, co-sponsorship of seminars, mentorship of middle school students, judging of area science fairs, presentation of a Homecoming Building Display and parade, community cleanup, visits to senior citizen centers, and attendance at the Annual Meeting of Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science.