Department of Natural Sciences

Dear Prospective Students:

We are delighted that you are visiting our Department of Natural Sciences (DNS) website. The Department offers five undergraduate degree programs and a Master’s degree in Marine Sciences. The undergraduate degrees are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science, Environmental Science; and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science are also available. The Department is one of the largest and most progressive units on campus.

The department is staffed with over 35 full time and adjunct faculty, most of whom have an earned doctorate degree in their respective teaching fields. There are currently over 450 majors and the number of majors is rapidly growing. Relatively a small student/faculty ratio provides an excellent balanced environment that allows you to have significant personal contact with your advisor and instructors. Increased contact with the faculty is known to be a consistent indicator of academic success. Academic programs preparatory to medical, dental, nursing, veterinary, forensic sciences and paraprofessional study are also offered. You will be assigned to an academic advisor who will familiarize you with departmental curricula and various program offerings. We take pride in helping our students to succeed and achieve their utmost potential. We help our students find research training positions and internships during the summer and academic year. Currently, there are research collaborations with faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, Athens, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and Medical College of Georgia. In addition, extracurricular activities include honor clubs and sports that will contribute to your overall development. The Residence Hall, The University Village, allows students to stay on–campus. The range of course offerings is sufficiently diverse to allow you to take elective courses such as neuroscience, endocrinology, animal behavior, Biocomputing, biochemistry, or biotechnology/molecular biology. There are several funded grants in the marine and environmental science programs to broaden your academic experience in the department. I personally invite you to visit our teaching and research facilities, especially the new state-of- the-art Drew Griffith Science building and talk to our prolific faculty who stand ready to guide you in fulfilling your future aspirations in natural sciences and mathematics. Please take the next step by making a formal application for admission to the University by the Sea, Savannah State University and do not hesitate to contact me if you need additional information about our academic programs and support services. I am anxious to meet you personally and help you in planning your future career. Remember our motto is “You can get anywhere from here”.