Natural Sciences

Clint HelmsWelcome Letter from the Department Chair

Welcome to Shorter University.  We are honored that you would consider us as you make the important decision of where to attend college.  In the Department of Natural Sciences we take the education and success of our students very seriously.  All of our professors have an open door office policy which allows students open access to academic assistance and the opportunity to develop personal relationships with their mentors.  These personal relationships with professors can prove invaluable in future years as students begin applying to graduate programs or enter the job market.  A strong, personal recommendation letter from a college professor can go a long way towards landing that dream job or getting accepted into a graduate program.


Speaking of graduate schools, the Department of Natural Sciences has a stellar record with regard to getting our students into a variety of post-graduate programs. Over the last 30 years the Department of Natural Sciences has had 87% of our professional school applicants get accepted. This includes 86% of medical school applicants, 91% of pharmacy school applicants, and 86% of physical therapy and physician assistant applicants.  We have also had great success getting students into research-based graduate programs with recent graduates getting accepted into Masters and Ph.D. programs in a variety of division I schools, such as Auburn University and Louisiana State University (LSU).  If post-graduate study is not the route you are interested in, don’t worry.  Students graduating from Shorter with a degree in the Natural Sciences have had great success landing jobs with a variety of great companies including Georgia Power, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and others.

We also offer work-study opportunities within our department that will allow students to make some extra money while simultaneously providing an opportunity to establish relationships with professors and procure valuable work experiences that will be beneficial in future professional endeavors.  Many of our current students are working outside the department at medical offices, hospitals, and other professional venues in preparation for their graduate training and future careers.

We sincerely hope that you will choose to make Shorter University your college home for the next four years.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to your success and we desire to do all we can to ensure that you achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals.  Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have.  I look forward to meeting you on the Hill very soon.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Clint Helms
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences
Shorter University
706-233-7265
chelms@nullshorter.edu

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Dr. Clint Helms
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Our Team

Dr. Clint Helms
Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Clint Helms

Educational Background Ph.D. In progress – Northcentral University M.S. The University...
Dr. Michael Crosby
Assistant Professor of Physical Science

Dr. Michael Crosby

Educational Background Ph.D., Forest Resources (Geosciences Minor), Mississippi State...
Dr. Bert Exsted
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Bert Exsted

Educational Background U.S. Teaching Licensures (Physical Science), Minnesota and...
Ms. Lisa Keith
Tenured Associate Professor of Biology

Ms. Lisa Keith

Educational Background M. S. – Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio B. S. –...
Dr. Qiang Lu
Assistant Professor of Physics

Dr. Qiang Lu

Educational Background Ph.D., Physics, Nankai Unviersity, Tianjin, China, 2000 M.S. ...
Dr. Christopher Kody Mullins
Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Christopher Kody Mullins

Educational Background Ph.D., Entomology, Oklahoma State University, 2012 M.S., Entomology...
Dr. Hally Shaffer
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Hally Shaffer

Education Ph.D. Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA, 2011 B.S....
Dr. Suzanne Agan
Assistant Professor of Earth Science

Dr. Suzanne Agan

Education PhD in Environmental Studies, May 2019 Antioch University New England,...
Ms. Rachel Butler
Instructor of Biochemistry

Ms. Rachel Butler

Ms. Rachel Butler Instructor of Biochemistry RH-302 706-233-7364 rbutler@nullshorter.edu
Dr. Daniel Clayton
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer

Dr. Daniel Clayton

Dr. Daniel Clayton Assistant Professor of Chemistry RH-315 706-233-7262 dclayton@nullshorter.edu
Ms. Katherine Newlon
Biology Instructor and Lab Manager

Ms. Katherine Newlon

Education and Honors Science: PhD-ABD, biochemistry University of Houston 2007 M.S.,...
Mr. Bobby Timms
Chemistry Lab Coordinator and Instructor

Mr. Bobby Timms

Timms, Mr.  Bobby Chemistry Lab Coordinator and Instructor RH 310 706-233-7890 btimms@nullshorter.edu