Biology - B.S.


Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major


I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H 
MATH 1113 or MATH 1113E or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250* or MATH 2250E or MATH 2300H* or MATH 2400* or MATH 2400H* or MATH 2410 or  MATH 2410H  or STAT 2000 or STAT 2000E

*MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H is required for this major. 


II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (CHEM 1211-1211D, CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H, CHEM 1311L)  
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 2107H, BIOL 2107L


III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): PHYS 1111-1111L 


IV. World Languages and Global Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Global Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Global Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1101H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): One HIST course


Area VI
(CHEM 1212-1212D, CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H, CHEM 1312L)
(CHEM 2211, CHEM 2211L) or (CHEM 2311H, CHEM 2311L)
MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H 
PHYS 1112-1112L or PHYS 1212-1212L 
If any course above has been used to satisfy other areas of the core curriculum, general electives may be taken here.

Students are strongly urged to contact the Biology program or Franklin College advisors when selecting core courses.

Note: Biology requires individual review of non-equivalent transfer courses before they can be used to satisfy Area VI and Major Requirements. 

Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.

Major Electives (9 hours)
For a total of nine hours, choose three or more courses from the list below. At least two of the courses must be 3 or more credit hours and from two different departments.
ANTH(ECOL) 4210L/6210LFISH 4500/6500
ANTH(BIOL)(ECOL)(ENTO)(PBIO) 4260/6260-4260L/6260LFISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4550/6550-4550L/6550L
ANTH(ECOL) 4290/6290GENE 3200-3200D
ANTH(PBIO) 4300/6300-4300L/6300LGENE 3210L
ANTH 4790/6790GENE 3220L
BCMB 3100GENE(ECOL) 4020W/6020W
BCMB 3433GENE 4200/6200
BCMB 3600GENE 4210L
BCMB 4010/6010GENE 4220L
BCMB 4020/6020GENE 4230L
BCMB 4030LGENE 4240L
BCMB(CHEM) 4110/6110GENE 4300/6300
BCMB 4120/6120GENE(CBIO) 4310/6310
BCMB 4130GENE 4400/6400
BCMB(ENTO)(BTEC) 4200/6200GENE 4500/6500
BINF(PBIO) 4550/6550GENE 4520/6520
BIOL 3110LGENE(ECOL) 4530/6530
BIOL(FANR) 3460 or BIOL(FANR) 3460HGENE 4540/6540
BIOL(WILD) 3700WGENE 4550/6550
BIOL 3710LHORT(CRSS) 4430/6430
BIOL 3720LIDIS 3100
BIOL 4200W or BIOL 4300WKINS 4690/6690-4690L/6690L
BIOL 4910VPHY(KINS) 5690/7690
BIOL 4960MARS 3450
BIOL 4960RMARS 3550
BIOL(CBIO)(VPAT) 5040/7040MARS(PBIO) 4160-4160L
BIOL(CBIO) 5050L/7050LMARS 4200/6200
BTEC(BCMB)(PBIO) 4000LMARS 4500/6500
CBIO 3000-3000LMARS(MIBO) 4620/6620
CBIO 3010-3010LMARS 4810/6810
CBIO 3050MARS(FISH) 4380/6380-4380L/6380L
CBIO 3200LMIBO 3500
CBIO 3400MIBO 3500L
CBIO 3410LMIBO 3510L
CBIO 3600MIBO 4090/6090
CBIO 3710MIBO 4110
CBIO 3800MIBO(POPH) 4220/6220
CBIO 3800LMIBO(POPH) 4220S/6220S
CBIO(MIBO)(IDIS) 4100/6100-4100D/6100DMIBO 4300/6300
CBIO 4200MIBO(POPH)(IDIS) 4450/6450-4450L/6450L
CBIO 4200HMIBO 4500/6500
CBIO 4340/6340MIBO 4600L/6600L
CBIO 4500/6500MIBO 4680/6680
CBIO(PBIO) 4600/6600MIBO 4700/6700
CBIO 4730/6730MIBO 4710L/6710L
CHEM(BCMB) 4190/6190PATH(PBIO) 3010
CRSS(HORT)(ECOL) 4590/6590PATH(PBIO) 4200/6200-4200L/6200L
CRSS(MIBO) 4610/6610-4610L/6610LPBIO 3270
ECOL 3000-3000LPBIO 3600
ECOL 3100-3100LPBIO 3650-3650L
ECOL 3220PBIO 3660L
ECOL 3220LPBIO(CRSS) 4500/6500
(ECOL 3500,ECOL 3500L)PBIO(GENE)(PATH)(BINF) 4510/6510
(ECOL 3505H, ECOL 3505L)PBIO(ECOL) 4520/6520
ECOL(BIOL) 3510 PBIO 4640/6640-4640L/6640L
ECOL 3530PBIO 4650/6650-4650L/6650L
ECOL 3600PBIO 4720
ECOL 3820 PBIO(ECOL) 4750/6750
ECOL 4000/6000PMCY 3000
ECOL 4010/6010POPH(MIBO)(IDIS) 4650/6650
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050LPOPH(MIBO) 4651
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070LPOUL(BIOL) 4060/6060
ECOL 4130LPOUL 4150
ECOL(BIOL) 4150/6150-4150L/6150LPSYC 4120
ECOL 4160-4160LPSYC 4130
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225LPSYC 4140
ECOL 4240-4240LPSYC 4150
ECOL 4280/6280PSYC 5850
ECOL 4280L/6280LVPAT 3100H
(ECOL(FISH)(WASR) 4310/6310, ECOL(FISH)(WASR) 4310L/6310L)VPAT 4000/6000
ECOL(BIOL)(MARS) 4330/6330-4330L/6330LVPHY 3100
ECOL 4500/6500VPHY 3108
ECOL 4540/6540VPHY 4200/6200
EHSC(FDST)(MIBO) 4310/6310-4310L/6310LVPHY 4300/6300
ENTO 3140-3140LVPHY 4600/6600
ENTO 3645WILD(ECOL) 3580, WILD(ECOL) 3580L
(ENTO 3650,ENTO 3650L)WILD(ECOL) 4040/6040-4040L/6040L
ENTO 4000/6000-4000L/6000LWILD(BIOL) 4050/6050
ENTO 4450/6450WILD(ECOL) 4060/6060-4060L/6060L
FDST(MIBO) 4120/6120-4120L/6120LWILD(ECOL)(POPH) 4575/6575
(FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4300/6300,FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4300L/6300L)WILD 5200/7200
FISH(ECOL) 4360/6360

General Electives (21-26 hours)
(Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
Upper Division (4-9 hours)
Any Level (12-22 hours)
Note: Only four research hours can count toward the required hours in the major.

 **For students who are in the dual program of study in both Biology B.S. and Science Education B.S.Ed., it is recommended that you review requirements found at which shows how courses and requirements in the two majors may overlap .

Neuroscience Area of Emphasis

BCMB 3100 or BCMB 3100H or BCMB 4020/6020

*CBIO 3400 or CBIO 3400H or CBIO 3600 are preferred.

Organismal Course (3-4 hours)
CBIO 3000-3000L
CBIO 3010-3010L
ENTO 4450/6450
PSYC 5750/7750

Laboratory Course (3-4 hours)
BIOL 3110L
BIOL 3710L
BIOL 3720L
BIOL 4960 or BIOL 4960R
CBIO 3410L 
GENE 3210L
GENE 4210L

Major Related Electives (10 hours)
CBIO 3800 (Required)

Select one course from the following:
PSYC 4120
PSYC 4130
PSYC 4140
PSYC 4150
PSYC 5750/7750
PSYC 5770/7770
PSYC 5850

Select one course from the following:
ANTH 4790/6790
BCMB 4120/6120
BCMB 4130
CBIO 3600
CBIO 3710
CBIO 4200 or CBIO 4200H
CBIO 4340/6340
CBIO 4730/6730
ENTO 4450/6450
GENE(CBIO) 4310/6310
GENE 4500/6500
PMCY 3000
VPAT 4000/6000
VPHY 3100 

Marine Biology Area of Emphasis

BCMB 3100 or BCMB 3100H or BCMB 4020/6020
(BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L) or (BIOL 2108H, BIOL 2108L) or (BIOL 2108HBIOL 1108L)
CBIO 3400
or CBIO 3400H or CBIO 3600 or PBIO 3600
ECOL 3500ECOL 3500L) or (ECOL 3505H, ECOL 3505L) or GENE 3000-3000D or GENE 3000H
GENE 3200-3200D
 or GENE 3200H

Organismal Course (3-4 hours)
Choose one of the following courses:
CBIO(PBIO) 4600/6600
ECOL 3220
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070L
ECOL(BIOL)(MARS) 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
MARS 3450

Laboratory Course (3-5 hours)
Choose one of the following courses not taken above:
BIOL 3110L
BIOL 4960 or BIOL 4960R
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070L
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225L
ECOL(BIOL)(MARS) 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
MARS 4500/6500

Major Related Electives (9 hours)
MARS 4200/6200 (Required)

Choose two courses from Category A OR choose one course from Category A and once course from Category B (not taken above):

Category A
MARS 3450
MARS 3550
MARS(FISH) 4380/6380-4380L/6380L
MARS 4500/6500
MARS(MIBO) 4620/6620
MARS 4810/6810

Category B
BIOL 3110L
BIOL 3710L
BIOL 3720L
BIOL 4960R
CBIO(PBIO) 4600/6600
(ECOL 3500ECOL 3500L)
(ECOL 3505H, ECOL 3505L)
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070L
GENE 3000-3000D
PBIO(GENE)(PATH)(BINF) 4510/6510

(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)