Departmental Purposes and GoalsThe Biology Department at ASU provides its students with a broad background in biological sciences. Graduates from our program understand and can explain the classification system for living organisms, and basic concepts of cell biology, evolution, genetic inheritance, physiology, and ecological principles. Throughout the program students learn how to apply the scientific method to solving problems, designing experiments, analyzing data, and evaluating conclusions. In addition to course work students have multiple opportunities to get involved in research projects directed/supervised by faculty members (see Departmental Research).
The ASU Biology Department encourages students to develop effective communication skills that will allow them to be successful in a scientific career or graduate program. Our students develop an understanding of technology and the have the ability to use state of the art technology within the biological science laboratory classes and research. The faculty at ASU stresses the importance of being able to effectively communicate scientific information both orally and in writing. Many of our students that conduct undergraduate research are provided many opportunities on campus and at regional and national scientific conference to present their scientific research.
The faculty members of the Biology Department at ASU are expected to develop professionally, participate in service to the academic community of Augusta, and to excel in teaching. Our faculty strives to teach and communicate effectively with students. They remain abreast of the informed advancements in their respective fields and continue to participate in active research within those respective fields. Many of our faculty members are invited to research meetings in their specialized fields to speak on their current research. Also our faculty shares their expertise with various components of the academic community of Augusta.