Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013


Offering the Bachelor of Science in Biology

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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

Agribusiness expert

Conservation manager



Drug design and developer

Environmental lawyer

High school teacher or university professor

Laboratory technician



Physical or occupational therapist

Research molecular biologist or biochemist

Scientific editor


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