Biology, BS

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology has been designed in consultation with Georgia employers to fit present and emerging needs in the State of Georgia.

The General Biology Track contains a curriculum that will prepare students for the following professional programs:

  • medical school,
  • dental school,
  • veterinary school, and
  • physical therapy and physician assistant programs.

This curriculum is also designed to prepare students for the following graduate programs:

  • biomedical,
  • public health,
  • environmental science,
  • forensic science, and
  • ecology and evolution.
Core Curriculum Areas A - E42
Core Curriculum Requirements can be found here
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology Lab I
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Lab II
Biological Inquiry
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics Lab I
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Lab I
General Biology Track Requirements60
Total Credit Hours120

General Biology Track Requirements

No more than two grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the General Biology Track of the Biology major. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.
Upper Division Biology Major Core Requirements
BIOL 3201Genetics3
BIOL 3380Evolution & Population Biology3
BIOL 3500Ecology3
Physiology Course/Lab4
Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Lab
Plant Physiology
and Plant Physiology Lab
Cellular Course/Lab4
Cell and Molecular Biology
and Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab
Organismal Course/Lab4
Plant Biology
and Plant Biology Lab 2
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vert Anatomy Lab
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Experiential Learning Course3
Off-Campus Internship
Off-Campus Internship
On-Campus Internship I
On-Campus Internship II
Introductory Research I
Introductory Research II
Biol Research Pract I
Biol Research Pract II
BIOL 4500Biology Seminar I1
BIOL 4999ASenior Evaluation0
or BIOL 4999B Senior Evaluation
Biology Lab Elective (minimum of 1 hour)
Any BIOL 3000-4000 lab course or CHEM 4202L. These courses cannot be used in any other area).
Upper Division Biology Electives (min. of 11 hours)
Any 3000-4000 level BIOL lecture or lab courses. These course cannot be used for credit in any other area).
Other Science Electives (min. of 9 hours)
(Any lecture or lab course with a CHEM, FOSC, or PHYS prefix. These courses cannot be used for credit in any other area. Lower division courses can be used as long as student has a minimum of 42 hours of upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. Non-majors courses such as CHEM 1151/L and CHEM 1152/L cannot be used.)
Free Electives (max. of 11 hours)
(Any course that is not used for credit in any other area can be used here. The total degree requirements must be 120; therefore, free elective hours can be reduced if more hours are used in other areas of the curriculum. Lower division courses can be used as long as student has a minimum of 42 hours of upper division (3000-4000 level) courses. The following courses are not allowed in this area: Any MATH course that is below MATH 1501, any course that is allowed in area D for non-science majors, and BIOL 2250/L, if student is using BIOL 3250/L for credit).
Total Credit Hours60

Important notes concerning courses:

  • A total maximum of three experiential learning courses can be counted in the Biology program. Experiential learning courses include: 
    Experiential learning courses include the following:
    BIOL/CHEM 3210Off-Campus Internship3
    BIOL/CHEM 3211Off-Campus Internship3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 3220On-Campus Internship I3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 3221On-Campus Internship II3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 3230Introductory Research I3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 3231Introductory Research II3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4230Biol Research Pract I3
    BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 4231Biol Research Pract II3
    BIOL/CHEM 4232Biol Research Pract III3
  • If MATH 1501 is used in Area A, one hour of credit may be applied to the free electives area.
  • If PHYS 2211/PHYS 2211L is used to satisfy Area D, then PHYS 1111/PHYS 1111L and PHYS 1112/PHYS 1112L cannot be used to satisfy the Lower Division Major Requirements.
  • Students should select courses that will help them advance their career goals or that can be applied to a minor.