Biology B.S.

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
Area DII -- Must take MATH 1441 if not taken in Area A2 above
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
BIOL   1107Principles of Biology I3
BIOL   1108Principles of Biology II3
CHEM 1211K/1211/1211LPrinciples of Chemistry I (if not taken in Area D1)4
CHEM 1212K/1212/1212LPrinciples of Chemistry II (if not taken in Area D1)4
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, Math, Science Course (if needed)
Major Specific Requirements
Carry-over from MATH 1441 Calculus I in Area A or Area D21
BIOL   1107LPrinciples of Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL   1108LPrinciples of Biology Laboratory II1
CHEM   3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM   3402Organic Chemistry II4
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 Requirements
BIOL - Prerequisite Courses (required prior to any BIOL courses at the 4000 and 5000-level)9
Evolution and Ecology
Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL-Required Courses
BIOL   4130Genetics3
BIOL - Elective Courses (Level 3000 and above)23
BCHM 3200 or BCHM 5201 (may substitute for a BIOL Elective with Advisor approval.)
Three of the above courses must have a laboratory requirement (BIOL 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 7 credit hours of capstone courses can be applied to the B.S. with a Major in Biology degree.
Total Credit Hours124

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.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better for the pre-requisite biology courses BIOL   1107, BIOL   1107L, BIOL   1108, BIOL   1108L, BIOL   3131, BIOL   3133BIOL   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.

Honors in Biology

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

Credit Hours
Freshman/Sophmore Level Courses
BIOL   1107
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL   1108
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology Laboratory II
CHEM   1211Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM   1212Principles of Chemistry II3
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
MATH   1441Calculus I4
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.
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.