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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.

Facilities

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.

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.


Fall 2014 Announcements:

Small World Photography Contest: Microscope Photography as Art & Science

Win up to $200 for photographic images! Open to all Biology students. Click here for announcement and here for contest details.

Barrass Memorial

On Friday, November 14 at 3 p.m., members of the APSU community and other friends are invited to gather in the Sundquist Science Complex atrium for a reception to honor the life of Dr. Andy Barrass and remember his contributions to Austin Peay State University. Before his untimely death earlier this year, Andy was a Principle Investigator and Director in the Center of Excellence for Field biology as well as a faculty member in the APSU biology department, where he taught courses such as field zoology, animal behavior, geographical information systems, ornithology and mentored students in research projects involving bats and fishes.