Oct 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Biology, B.S.


Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours


See Core Curriculum  for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core A - E) Credit Hours: 42


Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4


Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major


Major Requirements


BIOL - Elective Courses


Select 23 credit hours of courses (level 3000 and above)

Electives


  • Select 10 -18 credit hours of Free Electives

Total Credit Hours: 124


Other Program Requirements

  • Students who wish to change their major to Biology must have a total institution GPA of 2.0 or better in all coursework completed at Georgia Southern
  • Transfer students from other institutions who wish to major in Biology must have a GPA of 2.0 or better on all credit hours attempted at other institutions as well as those hours attempted at Georgia Southern. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better for the pre-requisite biology courses BIOL 1107 BIOL 1107L BIOL 1108 BIOL 1108L , BIOL 3131 BIOL 3133 BIOL 3134  
  • Students must have a combined average of “C” or better for all biology courses
  • Students must successfully complete the Major Field Test as a departmental exit exam.

Optional Areas of Concentration


Students may complete the general B.S. Biology degree by completing the major requirements as outlined above. However, students who desire may choose to complete a focused concentration area in biology by completing specifically the requirements below as part of their Major program. Students are limited to declaring one area of concentration. At least 1 elective course must have a lab and/or field component.

Concentration in Ecology and Evolution


Concentration Electives Credit Hours: 7

Immersive Experience Electives Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 19

Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology


Concentration in Natural Resources and Wildlife Conservation


Immersive Experience Electives Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 19

Concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Biology


Immersive Experience Electives Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 19

Concentration in Marine Biology


Immersive Experience Electives Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 19

Concentration in Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional Studies


Concentration Electives Credit Hours: 7

Immersive Experience Electives Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 19

Other Program Requirements

  • Students who wish to change their major to Biology must have a total institution GPA of 2.0 or better in all coursework completed at Georgia Southern
  • Transfer students from other institutions who wish to major in Biology must have a GPA of 2.0 or better on all credit hours attempted at other institutions as well as those hours attempted at Georgia Southern. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better for the pre-requisite biology courses BIOL 1107  ,BIOL 1107 BIOL 1108 BIOL 1108L BIOL 3131 BIOL 3133 BIOL 3134  
  • Students must have a combined average of “C” or better for all biology courses
  • Students must successfully complete the departmental exit exam.

Honors in Biology


For students entering the Honors College as a freshman and seeking to complete the Departmental Honors in Biology, it is highly recommended that these freshmen complete:

Required Biology Honors Courses


Total Credit Hours: 11


Advisement


A student who does not enter the Departmental Honors in Biology Program as a freshman will be considered for admittance based on the following criteria:

  • Freshman Year: Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, if completed BIOL 1107  and BIOL 1108  must have a grade of “A” in both courses, or an “A” and a “B.”
  • Sophomore Year: Overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, including completion of BIOL 1107 BIOL 1108 , and one intermediate prerequisite (BIOL 3131 BIOL 3133 , or BIOL 3134 ) with a GPA of at least 3.3 in these classes.

Typically, students with 3 semesters or less to complete their degree are not eligible to enter the Departmental Honors in Biology Program.

After entering the Departmental Honors in Biology Program, students are required to complete the required biology honors courses and the capstone experience to earn Departmental Honors in Biology. Students also would be required to maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, including a GPA of 3.3 in courses supportive of the major.

Advisement

Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit Academic Advisement .