Jan 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Biology, B.A.

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

Area A2 – Must take MATH 1112 MATH 1113 , or MATH 1441 

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major Credit Hours: 18

Major Specific Requirements Credit Hours: 6

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 9

BIOL - Required Courses Credit Hours: 3

BIOL Electives Credit Hours: 16

  • BIOL - Elective Courses (Level 3000 and above)
  • or

  • may substitute for a BIOL Elective with Advisor approval.
  • Three of the above courses must have a laboratory requirement (4 credit hour courses or other dedicated laboratory course)
  • Department recommends that one of the above courses qualify as a “capstone” experience; see Dept. website for list of qualifying courses. A maximum of 5 credit hours of capstone courses can be applied to the B.A. with a Major in Biology degree

Minor (Required) Credit Hours: 15

Select 15 credit hours of Minor

Foreign Language Requirements Credit Hours: 0-9

Completion through 2002-level Foreign Language 1

Electives Credit Hours: 2-19

Must include at least 2 hours of upper-division (3000-level and above) coursework

Total Credit Hours: 124

1 May be satisfied by a secondary school background showing four (4) years or more of preparation in a single language

Other Program Requirements

  • Students must have a combined average of “C” or better for all biology courses.
  • 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 successfully complete the Major Field Test as a departmental exit exam.
  • 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.

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

Required and Recommended Credit Hours: 33

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.


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 .