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Biology

 

The Department of Biology at the University of South Alabama is a flagship department in the College of Arts and Sciences, with one of the highest student enrollments on campus.  The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and undergraduates can pursue a concentration in Marine Biology or Environmental Sciences.  Additionally, South offers a Master of Science in Biology and students can choose to be mentored by one of the department’s faculty members, which includes renowned experts in a range of biology-related disciplines.  

Courses are taught primarily by full-time faculty, and students are provided with research opportunities each semester. Through mentorship, teaching and research, biology faculty foster an environment for active learning where students acquire knowledge in all areas of the field, including ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, microbiology, conservation and global change.  South strives for excellence and provides students with the analytical and technical skills necessary to work on microbes, marine mammals, and everything in between.  Students from this program graduate as well-rounded alumni capable of pursuing professional, governmental and academic careers to tackle challenges facing our planet.


 

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Skyler Magnus Kerr, Masters Student, Successfully Defends Thesis
Skyler Magnus Kerr, Masters Student, Successfully Defends Thesis
Friday - July 16, 2021
Skyler Magnus Kerr, a Masters student in Biology at the University of South Alabama, successfully defended his thesis entitled "The Distribution of The Ixodid Fauna of Medical Importance in Alabama". His project encompassed traveling through the entire state of Alabama to collect, catalog, and track where tick species occur in the state as well as pathogen screenings of samples collected.
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Biology majors India Hughes and Chase Jordan awarded SURF funding
Biology majors India Hughes and Chase Jordan awarded SURF funding
Tuesday - June 29, 2021
Two Biology Majors, India Hughes and Chase Jordan, were awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to pursue research during summer 2021.
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Venom complexity correlated with diet complexity in rattlesnakes - Strickland published in PNAS
Venom complexity correlated with diet complexity in rattlesnakes - Strickland published in PNAS
Wednesday - June 16, 2021
Dr. Jason Strickland was part of a team of researchers that found that pitvipers that eat more diverse prey tend to have more diverse venoms. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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