Biology B.A.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A - E)42
Area A2 -- Must take MATH   1112, MATH   1113 or MATH   1441
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Chemistry I (if not taken in Area D1)
Principles of Chemistry II (if not taken in Area D1)
Students should complete a 1 year sequence in either Geology or Physics (second course will be counted under Major Specific Requirements), or an alternate course approved by advisor
Introduction to the Earth
Introductory Physics I
Principles of Physics I
Additional Biology, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Math, Science Course (if needed)
Major Specific Requirements6
Principles of Biology I Laboratory (may count in Area F, if needed)
Principles of Biology Laboratory II (may count in Area F, if needed)
Completion of Geology, Physics, or Advisor alternate course (may count if Area F, if needed)
General Historical Geology
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics II
Major Requirements9
BIOL - Prerequisite Courses (required prior to any BIOL courses at the 4000 and 5000-level)
Evolution and Ecology
Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL - Required Courses3
BIOL Electives16
BIOL - Elective Courses (Level 3000 and above)
BCHM   3200 or BCHM   5201 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)15
Select 15 credit hours of Minor
Foreign Language Requirements0-9
Completion through 2002-level Foreign Language 1
Must include at least 2 hours of upper-division (3000-level and above) coursework
Total Credit Hours124

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   1107BIOL   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:

Credit Hours
Freshman/Sophomore Level Courses
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Laboratory II
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
First-Year Seminar
Calculus I
Required Biology Honors Courses
Sophomore/Junior Level Courses5
Honors Research Methods Biology
Junior/Senior Level Courses6
Honors Research
Honors Thesis
Recommended Biology Honors Courses
Current Trends in Biol. Res.
Required and Recommended Credit Hours33

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:

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.


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