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Department of Biology

Austin Peay State University's department of biology provides an intellectual and motivational environment for career development in many areas of biology. Students can pursue training in field biology and zoology, animal and plant physiology, microbiology, and environmental assessment.

Mission Statement

To educate students to become competent, confident, and compassionate individuals within their chosen careers.  The Department of Biology faculty are committed to providing instructional and research experiences for students to develop skills of inquire, abstract and logical thinking and critical analysis of natural science phenomena.  The Department is also committed to meeting the needs of students by providing an array of professional, pre-professional and academic tracks.

Vision Statement

The Biology Department's vision is to prepare students to enter the scientific community as responsible, productive professionals, capable of effective communication in both oral and written form.


The Department of Biology is housed in the Sundquist Science Complex.  On-campus laboratory facilities support teaching and research in such diverse areas as endocrinology, taxonomy, physiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, aquatic biology and toxicology, cytogenetics, mycology, bacteriology, and parasitology. Major equipment is available for faculty and student research. A list of some of that equipment is provided in this file.  Research Equipment

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Get College Credit in the Appalachians!

The Department of Biology supports Highlands Biological Station located in Highlands, North Carolina by being a member of the HBS consortium of universities and colleges.  Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to take courses and conduct research at the station.  HBS has grants-in-aid available to predoctoral graduate students and postdoctoral investigators.

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Spring 2014 Announcement:

APSU Science and Mathematics Academy (SAMA) Gathering. A meeting of past participants, parents, and potential 2014 SAMA applicants. For more information please see attached details or contact Dr. Willodean Burton.