Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013
Offering the Bachelor of Science in Biology
Visit biology.spsu.edu for more information.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree provides students a program of study in modern biology with optional tracks in biochemistry and molecular biology, pre-professional studies, general biology, and bioinformatics.
The fast-moving disciplines of biology and physics are generating exciting careers, from medical scientist to genetic engineer and patent prosecution attorney. At Southern Polytechnic, you will learn in small classes and work in laboratories equipped with the newest scientific instrumentation. Faculty teach both labs and classes, including core courses offered both day and night. Bring a curious mind to our programs, and we'll help you develop a broad technical base for unlimited professional opportunities.
Balancing traditional studies with the growing emphasis on biotechnology, the Biology program gives students the knowledge and experience they need for advanced degrees or immediate employment. The general track offers the most diverse course work, and three others focus on particular interests: molecular/biochemistry, pre-professional, and bioinformatics. Students can also pursue independent research in our labs, which feature high-speed centrifuges, thermal cyclers, environmental chambers, and other modern research tools.
Today the pace of technological change doubles every 18 months, and key developments are occurring in molecular science. Collaborating on experiments will prepare you for team-based work, whether your dream job is safeguarding public health, analysis of DNA samples, or creating gene therapies for "incurable" diseases. Many of our students plan on medical school, but our program prepares you for many careers that blend science with business, law, pharmacy, and other professions.
Biology students in all tracks are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of SPSU's cooperative education or internship linkages with industry as an integral part of their educational experience.
Mark Sugalski, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry
Thomas Nelson, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences
Marcia Hesser, Ph.D., Biology Lecturer
Jennifer Louten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Peter Sakaris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Rajnish Singh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Tseng Tsai-Tien, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Matthew Weand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Krista Surovec, Biology Lab Coordinator
Biology career options
Drug design and developer
High school teacher or university professor
Physical or occupational therapist
Research molecular biologist or biochemist