The mission of the Department of Biology is three-fold: To provide undergraduate and graduate students with training and education in the Biological Sciences, to conduct cutting edge research that advances our understanding and/or application of biological principles, and to use faculty and student expertise and outreach programs to support community needs.
A large faculty and dedicated staff strive to carry out our mission statement. The talented Biology faculty comprises both tenure track and non-tenure track members. Tenure-track faculty (Professors) are involved in both research and education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The non-tenure track faculty includes Lecturers and Academic Professionals who focus on undergraduate education, and Research Professors who focus on scientific investigations. An enthusiastic staff provides administrative support and assistance to faculty and students.
The Department of Biology offers several degree programs including a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and a Doctor of Philosophy. Each degree offers the possibility to concentrate in a specific area of Biology. Non-degree programs are also available. Students can choose from a wide range of exciting courses and internships. Multiple research opportunities exist; and, two interdisciplinary Areas of Focus, The Molecular Basis of Disease Program and The Brains and Behavior Program, provide competitive fellowships, seminars and symposia to support Biology undergraduate and graduate researchers. The Department also offers students the unique opportunity to participate in community outreach through the Bio-Bus program, which sends a mobile teaching laboratory to primary and secondary schools throughout Metro-Atlanta.
Faculty in the department of Biology conduct basic, translational and collaborative clinical research. Georgia State University is among 10 national universities who have shown notable substantial changes in funding over the past decade (NPR analysis of NIH data). Researchers received $81.7 million from external agencies in fiscal year 2014 making the third straight year of record-breaking research funding. Department of Biology researchers received $6.5 million from external agencies in fiscal year 2014 making it the highest funded department in the university.