SGSC gains approval for new Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences to begin Fall 2014

South Georgia State College President Dr. Virginia Carson is pleased to announce the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents has approved a new Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences for SGSC during its April 16 meeting at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega Campus. The new bachelor's degree expands academic offerings at SGSC, which already offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree as well as a number of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs designed for transfer to other bachelor’s degree programs.  Carson adds, “This is a landmark day for our institution. This new degree program will not only help our students be well-positioned for success in a number of growing fields, but it will also provide highly qualified professionals to support the workforce needs of industries throughout our region."

The Biological Sciences degree offers two tracks designed with student interests in mind. The Nature and Ecology track is geared towards individuals who may seek advanced graduate study or employment in a variety of governmental or private sector jobs, such as ecotourism and natural resource management. The Pre-Professional track prepares students for entry into a number of professions such as dentistry, pharmacy, or other health-related fields. Curriculum in both tracks is aimed to cultivate personal responsibility for the environment and foster the importance of stewardship.

SGSC offers top-notch field experiences and hands-on learning opportunities through partnerships with several unique ecological sites in southern Georgia, such as the Okefenokee Swamp Park and the Nature Conservancy's Broxton Rocks Preserve.  Dr. Charles Johnson, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Education, comments, "SGSC’s geography and partnerships with area ecological sites make our program very beneficial to students. Plus, our faculty are well-credentialed and can provide one-on-one attention, which helps boost student success in a four-year degree program."

Students graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences will be well-positioned for the many choices they can pursue for their future. In addition, SGSC offers a setting to provide a variety of support services such as free tutoring, advising, and counseling. Students can also take advantage of on-campus housing in modern residence halls and participate in various student organizations. Plus, tuition for the program is affordable compared to bachelor’s degree programs at other institutions.  Financial Aid and scholarship funds are also available, including a portion of designated funds from the SGC Foundation for the first cohort.

Applications for fall 2014 admission are currently being accepted. Prospective students include individuals who currently hold an Associate of Science degree and have completed all required prerequisite courses. Applicants must also have an incoming GPA of 2.5 or higher.

For more information about the new Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or to apply, visit or contact Amy Hancock, external affairs coordinator, at 912-260-4461.

South Georgia State College, a state college of the University System of Georgia, is a multi-campus, student-centered institution offering high-quality associate and select baccalaureate degree programs. The institution provides innovative teaching and learning experiences, a rich array of student activities and athletic programs, access to unique ecological sites, and residential options to create a diverse, globally-focused, and supportive learning environment.