Exploring Biology at Georgian Court University
The department supports a student-run chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a National Biological Honor Society. All students at the university with an interest in biology may participate in the society's activities. However, only undergraduate biology majors who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better after at least three semesters of biology courses are eligible to be regular members who can vote and hold chapter offices. The chapter sponsors trips, speakers, and faculty-student functions, and participates in nationally sponsored Tri-Beta activities.
Georgian Court University is a member of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, a group of more than 30 colleges and universities. The consortium offers courses in the marine sciences every summer. Most of the courses are offered at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and is only an hour's drive from the university. Georgian Court University students are encouraged to take these courses. Consortium research vessels and facilities are used in several Georgian Court University biology courses and are available to students and faculty to do research throughout the year.
Students follow a designated program in biology at Georgian Court University for three years, following the recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. For the fourth year, students take courses in medical technology at an affiliated medical center. At the completion of the fourth year, students receive a B.S. in Biology from Georgian Court University. After passing a nationally administered examination, they become registered Medical Technologists (MT-ASCP). Application for admission to medical technology programs takes place during the junior year. The university is affiliated with the Jersey Shore Medical Center (Neptune, NJ) and Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch, NJ). Students are responsible for applying to the program of their choice. The university does not guarantee acceptance into a program. Students wishing to complete four years at Georgian Court University may also apply to non-affiliated medical centers.
The university has an agreement with New York Chiropractic College (Seneca Falls, NY) that enables qualified students to complete a baccalaureate degree at Georgian Court University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College in just 6.33 years. This is one year less than the normal time. Students follow a designated pre-chiropractic program at Georgian Court University for three years. During the junior year, students apply to New York Chiropractic College, which accepts all students who successfully complete the pre-chiropractic program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Students spend the fourth year of study taking courses at New York Chiropractic College. At the completion of the fourth year, students receive a B.S. in Biology from Georgian Court University. After an additional two years and four months of study, students receive the D.C. degree from New York Chiropractic College. Students wishing to complete four years at Georgian Court University may also apply to non-affiliated chiropractic colleges.
Undergraduate Internships in Biology
The internship program is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore careers in biology-based fields. Students earn credits by working outside the university in a research/clinical/industrial laboratory, or in a field setting of their choice. Recent externship placements include Wyeth Ayerst, Community Medical Center, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Asbury Park Press, Jenkinson's Aquarium, Ocean County Mosquito Exterminating Commission, Monmouth Medical Center, Ocean County Sheriff's Office Forensics Laboratory, Ocean County Health Department, International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.
Science Career Day
Periodically, the department sponsors a Science Career Day. Speakers from various biological disciplines or biology-based professions meet with undergraduate majors and local high school students interested in careers in biology. They are joined by speakers from other science disciplines. After brief informal presentations, students interact with speakers in a "career-fair" type format. Students gain insight into careers such as marine biology, pediatric medicine, secondary school teaching, forensic medicine, genetic counseling, entomology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, physician's assistant, medical technology, chiropractic medicine, and environmental protection. To get information about the next Science Career Day, call 732.987.2345.
Arboretum Day is an interdisciplinary celebration of spring sponsored by the Department of Biology. Various departments across the campus lend their talents and creativity to this joy-filled day. The public is invited. This year's Arboretum Day celebration will be held in late April or early May in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel.
The department participates in a university-wide Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence each year. Undergraduate majors are offered the opportunity to present the results of original research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students are also invited to present research results at the annual meeting of the New Jersey Academy of Science. In addition, undergraduate students may offer articles for publication in Bios, the journal of Beta Beta Beta, and participate in regional meetings of this organization.
Undergraduate Student Research
Because the department is small, students interested in doing research under the supervision of a faculty member are almost always able to be accommodated.
The university nature trail passes through the undeveloped, wooded part of the campus. It was dedicated in April 1995, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first Earth Day.
Career Advisement in Biology, Allied Health Technologies, Medical Imaging Sciences, & Clinical Laboratory Sciences
All Biology, Allied Health, Medical Imaging and Clinical Laboratory Sciences students must meet with their advisors each semester to plan their course selections for upcoming semesters. Biology majors may select any member of the department as their advisor. However, each faculty member has different expertise and training. Students should speak with their professors within the major or the chairperson of the department to discuss which faculty mentor’s expertise might be a best match to their career goals in order to select a mentor. Students in the Allied Health Technologies, Medical Imaging Science and Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs should meet with the chairperson each semester for advising. In addition, students may seek assistance from the Office of Career Development, located on the second floor of the Casino Building, at extension 2602.