Biological & Environmental Sciences Department Resources
The Science Education Center
The Science Education Center at Georgia College is dedicated to excellence in science teaching and learning. Through courses, workshops, camps, scientific competitions, partnerships, curricular and other educational activities, the Center acts as a vehicle for enhancing science education for students from P-16.
Student Research Opportunities
We have a long history of scientific research conducted by students. Department faculty have averaged five publications/year with student co-authors in the last six years. These publications cover a broad spectrum of biological specialties (from molecular biology to Entomology and Paleontology).
Biology students have presented the results of their research at some of the most prestigious scientific meetings in the world (American Society of Microbiologists, the Geological Society of America, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for example).
Typically students begin their involvement in faculty research by choosing either an area of interest or a particular faculty member based on positive experiences in their majors coursework. First and second year majors are invited to explore research opportunities with faculty by participating in The David J. Cotter Undergraduate Research Program.
The department offers a variety of research based courses (such as Coleopteran Biology, Microbiological Techniques, and Field Paleontology) that allow students to get hands on experience with biological research. If the student decides to pursue the project further he/she can take an Independent Research course. Frequently these endeavors lead to the student pursuing a graduate degree in that research area.
In addition to modern teaching laboratories, Herty Hall provides space for the following research laboratories: Endocrinology, Environmental Microbiology, Fossil Preparation, Greenhouse, Lichenology, Microbial Ecology, and Molecular Biology. Two animal care facilities and two computer laboratories are also present in Herty. Field oriented research is centered at the university owned Lake Laurel complex. A modern log cabin provides two large natural history laboratories supporting research activities in Botany, Ecology, Entomology, Limnology, and Vertebrate Biology.
Natural History Collections
The natural history segment of the Georgia College Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences maintains significant collections of recent and fossil vertebrates, insects, and plants. More information