During the Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at East Georgia State College, two students, Amber Brown and Blaine Bellflower, graduated with three college degrees: an associate of science in chemistry, an associate of science in biology, and a Bachelor of Science in biology. EGSC first offered the bachelor of science degree in biology during Fall 2012, while both associate of science in biology and chemistry degrees have been offered since Fall 2017.
Bellflower said, “I am very thankful that EGSC allowed me to pursue multiple degrees at the same time. I gained a knowledge and appreciation for both biology and chemistry that I would not have gotten anywhere else.”
During his time at EGSC, Bellflower performed an internship at Husqvarna Outdoor Products in McRae, Ga. during the summer 2018. His internship focused on water quality and the process involved in removing zinc and other heavy metals from the water used on production lines at Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Bellflower is currently looking for a job opportunity.
Brown, the second student, is planning to further her education by applying to several graduate programs including Georgia State University’s Master of Science program with a concentration in environmental microbiology. Brown said, “When I enrolled into college, my only goal was to receive one degree. I did not know whether it would an associate or bachelor [degree], nor was I decided on a major. I just knew I would be happy with that ONE. So, to walk out of EGSC with three degrees--I was beyond amazed, because it wasn’t at all expected!”
At EGSC, Brown performed an undergraduate research project under the direction of Dr. J. Ed. Schneider and presented her research at a regional undergraduate symposium.
“I am so proud of both Amber and Blaine for graduating with three sciences degrees,” said Dr. David Chevalier, EGSC Chair of the Biology Department. He added, “Both undergraduate research and internship provide EGSC students with high quality professional experiences that will enable with graduates to be successful in their careers.”
Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, said, “Experiential learning is the cornerstone of the EGSC biology program, and we are extremely proud of recent graduates Amber Brown and Blaine Bellflower. Research experiences and internships give our students a well-rounded hands-on education that they wouldn’t receive otherwise.”
For more information on EGSC’s degree programs, visit www.ega.edu or contact our Office of Admissions at 478-289-2017.