Advisement & Registration

When should I contact my mentor?

In the Department of Biology the role of faculty mentors is to use their experience to provide career and practical advice to students upon request.


As stated in the 2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Catalog:

The Department of Biology has two programs of courses-one leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and one to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology.  In addition, the Master of Science with a major in biology is also offered.  The department also participates in several pre-professional programs such as pre-dental hygiene, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-respiratory therapy, pre-optometry, and medical technology.

Specifically, faculty specialties for career and department advising is as follows:

Professional Programs

Faculty Advisors

Helpful Links

Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Cantonwine


Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant

Dr. Loughry

Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Flyer

Animal Behavioral

Drs. Loughry and McDonough


Aquatic Biology

Dr. Nienow


Biology Teacher

Dr. Jones


Biomedical/Pharmaceutical Science

Dr. Gannon



Drs. Bergstrom and Cantonwine


Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Drs. Turco, Lockhart, and Blackmore


General Biology

All faculty members


Genetics Biotechnology

Drs. Elder and Ring



Drs. Turco and Calestani


Pre-Occupational Therapy

Dr. Fort 

Pre-Occupational Therapy Flyer

Pre-Physical Therapy

Dr. Fort  

Pre-Physical Therapy Flyer

Pre-Physician Assistant

Drs. Goddard and Chambers

Pre-Physician Assistant Flyer

Plant Sciences

Drs. Cantonwine and Carter



Drs. Nienow and Anderson

Pre-Dentistry Flyer


Drs. Blackmore, Elder, Lockhart, Ring, Kang, and Uyeno

Pre-Medical Flyer and Pre-Medical Program at VSU
Letter of Evaluation Form  | New 2018 MCG Requirements


Drs. Goddard and Carter

Pre-Optometry flyer


Dr. Doscher

Pre-Veterinary Flyer

Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Dr. Fort                              

Advising Week for Spring and Summer 2020

Biology Majors:

Please read the flyer below for Biology’s Spring 2020 Advising Week information for all Biology Majors with 60 credit hours or more.  If you are not a Biology major please contact your major’s department for advising week information.

Biology Majors, please note that you should check Banner to see who your advisor is because your advisor may have changed this semester.

Also, if you are Drs. Anderson or Loughry’s advisee please contact Biology's General Advisor, Ms. Kalyn Bowser, to schedule an appointment at

Wondering who your advisor is? Visit our FAQ page.

Advising Week Flyer Spring 2020 | Before and After You Get Advised Flyer

Biology's General Advisor

For specific advising questions please refer to the above listed advisers.  For general biology advising questions please contact Biology's General Advisor, Ms. Kalyn Bowser.  Kalyn 's office hours are listed on the "Contact US" web page.

College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center (COSM)

College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center is for all new freshmen and continuing VSU sophomores who have 0 to 60 credit hours. In the College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center there is a specific advisor assigned to each department for individual student advising.  Biology's assigned COSM Advisors are Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake and Rikki T. Hightower.  Their contact information can be found below:

Lorri Lovell


Office Location: 3200 Converse Hall, Third Floor

Office Phone:  (229) 245-4378

Myia Miller (A-L)


Office Location:  3200 Converse Hall, Third Floor

Office Phone:  (229) 333-5432

Jake Martin (M-Z)


Office Location:  3200 Converse Hall, Third Floor

Office Phone:  (229) 253-4041

Requirements for a second bachelor’s degree

Complete all science and math courses required for the biology degree. As for the core, a new student to VSU from another state only has to meet the legislative requirements (US/GA History and US/GA Constitution) and complete Area F for their major. They do not have to do anything else within the core. Most students do the exemption exams in the testing office to satisfy the legislative requirements

Florida Colleges

We now have a reciprocity agreement with all Florida colleges, public and private, to accept their AA degree as core areas A through E.  They still need to meet the core  area classes specific for our biology degrees. In addition, they must have taken US Government and US History at their school or they will have to take the entire class here, but if they did take it they will only have to take the GA History and GA Government tests here at VSU to satisfy the legislative requirements. Credit for BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108 will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Currently we do accept the biology courses from Florida Gateway College as BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108 and that will be accomplished by admissions when the students enroll. A waiver is needed for Freshman seminar.

Advising Forms

Current Biology Advising Forms

Long Term Schedule Beginning Spring 2020 | Printable PDF

Biology Advising Forms Pre 2019

Advising Resources

Recommended Four-Year Program of Study for Full-Time Students