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Biology Department Chair
    Dr. Jason Koontz

Biology Faculty
    Ms. Danielle Brandt         Mr. Brad Kennedy                               
    Dr. Tierney Brosius          Dr. Jason Koontz         
    Dr. Kristin Douglas          Dr. Troy Larson                              
    Dr. Bo Dziadyk                  Dr. Tim Muir         
    Mrs. Stephanie Fuhr        Dr. Kimberly Murphy            
    Dr. Kevin Geedey              Dr. Lori Scott               
    Dr. Scott Gehler                Dr. Bob Tallitsch
    Dr. Stephen Hager           Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey  
   
 Visiting Biology Faculty
    Dr. Sean Georgi


  
Click HERE for contact information for all biology faculty

Advising Coordinator
/ Mrs. Stephanie Fuhr
Within the Biology Department, Mrs. Fuhr organizes student-faculty advising.  When you are prepared to declare a major in Biology or Pre-Medicine you must visit Mrs. Fuhr to be assigned to your major advisor.  We assign students to a faculty member who has similar interests and areas of expertise so that they may help the student not only with scheduling and course work, but also with preparing to move on after leaving Augustana, whether going into the workforce or moving on to further Graduate studies.  

Students may declare a major in the Biology department at specific times during the year.  Please look at the Major Declaration page for details. Major Declaration forms are available at the Registrar's office. 

Below is a table listing important dates and information about the application process for the different graduate school opportunities, including pre-heath care.

 Focus Program

Faculty Advisor

Application Process Begins**

Centralized Application Service

Qualification Exam

Program Interviews

Special Issues Regarding the Application Process

Medicine

Mrs. Stephanie Fuhr & Mr. Brad Kennedy

Winter/spring of 3rd yr

Yes

AAMC

AACOM

MCAT

 

Yes, usually in fall/ winter of 4th yr

It is important to keep in contact with your Pre-Med advisor throughout your time at Augustana

Physical Therapy

Dr. Scott Gehler

Fall of 4rd yr

 

Yes

PTCAS

GRE

Yes

Contact Stephanie Fuhr before Nov. 1st of your 4th year if you plan to apply to Washington’s guaranteed admissions program

Occupational Therapy

Dr. Lori Scott

**Fall of 4th yr

No

GRE

No

Contact Dr. Scott early in your academic career if you plan to apply to Washington’s 3:2 program

Optometry

Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey

**Winter/spring of 3rd year with OAT

No

OAT

Yes

Contact Dr. Wegman-Geedey early in your academic career if you plan to apply to ICO’s 3:2 program

Pharmacy

Dr. Biggins

(Chemistry)

Winter/spring of 3rd year with PCAT

PharmCAS

PCAT

Yes

Contact Dr. Biggins early in your academic career if you plan to apply to pharmacy school without   attaining your BA degree from Augustana

Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tim Muir & Dr. Kimberly Murphy

**Summer after 3rd yr

VMCAS

GRE

Usually during fall of senior year

Contact Dr. Murphy early in your academic career if you plan to apply for any of the special admissions programs through UIC vet school

Dentistry

Dr. Jason Koontz

**Summer after 3rd yr with DAT

AADSAS

DAT

Yes, usually after you have applied through AADSAS, during senior year at Augustana


Chiropractic Medicine

Mrs. Rebecca Cook

Fall of 4th yr

No

None

??

 

Nursing

Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey

Fall of 4th yr

No

None

 

 

Dr. Wegman-Geedey can provide information about accelerated nursing programs

PhD or MS graduate programs

Any biology faculty member

Fall of 4th year   with GRE

No

GRE

Yes, usually in winter and early spring of 4th yr

 

Public Health

Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey

**Fall of 4th yr   with GRE

SOPHAS

 

GRE

??

 

Physician Assistant

Dr. Tierney Brosius

Fall of 4th yr with GRE

CASPA

GRE or MCAT

 

 

Secondary Education in   Biology

Dr. Kevin Geedey and Education Dept. advisor

Apply after student teaching

No

Qualifying exam and final State Licensing  exam

 

You should have an advisor in both the biology and education departments

**Timetable is altered by 1 year if applicant is applying for 3:2 or early admit programs or by several months for early decision programs.