BioFacts

The Georgia State University Department of Biology consists of:

  • 55 full-time faculty
  • 20 part-time faculty
  • 9 adjunct faculty
  • 3 Emeritus faculty
  • Of the 32 full-time tenure-track faculty
    • 4 are Assistant Professors
    • 13 are Associate Professors
    • 15 are Professors with primary appointments in one of the four research disciplines:
      • 5 faculty in Applied and Environmental Microbiology
      • 8 faculty in Cellular Molecular Biology & Physiology
      • 11 faculty in Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry
      • 8 faculty in Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Of the 23 full-time non-tenure track faculty
    • 17 are Lecturers
    • 6 are Academic Professionals whom are dedicated solely to undergraduate education
  • At Georgia State University, there are approximately 2300 majors and 2,600 (enrolled) undergraduate students are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in the biological and biomedical sciences.
  • The Department of Biology ranks 5th in the nation in the number of African-Americans who obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in the biological and biomedical sciences.
  • The Master of Science degree program currently consists of 205 graduate students who are seeking M.S. degrees (thesis or non-thesis) with concentrations in one of the four research disciplines as well as Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.
  • The Ph.D. degree program currently consists of 103 graduate students who are seeking a doctorate degree in a number of interdisciplinary research initiatives that are organized within one of four areas of research, each corresponding to one of four different Ph.D. disciplines within the department.
  • The Department of Biology also offers a Non-Degree Program in graduate studies for students who want to take graduate level courses (up to 9 hours of course work), but who are not pursuing a graduate degree.
  •  The Department of Biology offers the most diverse and varied selection of courses when compared to any other four-year institute in Georgia
  • Teaching faculty use novel, evidence-based teaching methods that include active learning, problem-based learning, and case studies that ensure that classrooms are student-centered and dynamic
  • Many classes are geared towards pre-medical students that simulate the didactic courses of the first year medical school including clinical physiology, histology, pathophysiology, orthopedic trauma, and surgical anatomy
  • The surgical anatomy course is taught through partnership with Atlanta Medical Center utilizing a medical school-level anatomy laboratory that is equipped with human cadavers for surgical dissection
  • Pre-medical school training uses state-of-the-art equipment such as ECG monitors, pulmonary function monitors, ultrasound, and CPR and life support mannequins
  • The Department of Biology has many internship opportunities available every semester with Zoo Atlanta, Serenbe Farms, and the Georgia Aquarium
  • Pre-medical, pre-veterinarian, and pre-pharmacy undergraduate students take advantage of a large number of unique opportunities to shadow professionals in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area working in their fields that would not be available to students attending universities in smaller cities or towns
  • Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in science education have the opportunity to work with local elementary and middle schools in Georgia through the Department of Biology’s FOCUS and Bio-Bus projects
  • Several Study Abroad opportunities are offered that allow Department of Biology undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in science courses taught in Argentina, Taiwan, and Italy
  • The Department of Biology participates in a 2 + 2 Program with Southwest Jiaotong University and Harbin Medical University in which Chinese students travel to Georgia State University to complete their Bachelor of Science degrees after two years of introductory courses in their home universities and receive degrees from both universities
  • The Department of Biology participates in a Summer Institute Program with Hangzhou Normal University in which their students travel to Georgia State University where they enroll in summer classes and faculty from Hangzhou Normal University learn English and shadow faculty involved in undergraduate teaching