B.S. in Biology

Program Information

The Department of Biology at Georgia State University offers undergraduate and graduate training programs, and runs research programs coordinated around four main disciplines: applied and environmental microbiology, cellular molecular biology and physiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry, as well as neurobiology and behavior. The department seminar series and journal clubs highlight current research, and feature distinguished speakers from all areas of biology and the medical sciences. Department internship courses help bring biological research and its applications to the general community. Specialized research centers and advanced research facilities make Georgia State University a major life sciences research institution.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement – contact your advisement office and the Undergraduate Coordinator Jerria McCoy, jmccoy8@gsu.edu, if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the course planner on the department’s website and the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

CHEM 1211K

4

MATH 1113

3

Area C or E Elective *

3

Area B Elective

2

GSU 1010 **

Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

BIOL 2107K

4

BIOL 2220, BIOL 2240, BIOL 2300, BIOL 2430, BIOL 2500, OR BIOL 2800

2

Area C or E Elective *

3

Area B Elective

2
Total Hours 14

Notes

* Students need a total of 6 hours in Area C and 12 hours in Area E. (18 hours total).

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

Generate new knowledge! Do research and co-author scientific publications! You can do this by conducting course-based research (BIOL 4905, 4906), taking research credits with a faculty member (4910), or getting involved in the iGEM program.

Find out if you belong in the zoo, aquarium, or other informal science teaching and learning environments, through internships such as BIOL 4104, 4911 or 4916.

Develop leadership skills and enhance your own professional development through Women Lead in Science (both women and men can register; BIOL 4930).

Headed to medical, dental, or vet school? Be sure to shadow professionals.


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

BIOL 2108K

4

CHEM 1212K

4

Math Elective

3-4

Area C or E Elective *

3
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

BIOL 3800

3

BIOL 3810**

2

BIOL 3840

3

CHEM 2400

4

Area C or E Elective *

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

* Students need a total of 6 hours in Area C and 12 hours in Area E. (18 hours total).

** Critical Thinking Writing

Generate new knowledge! Do research and co-author scientific publications! You can do this by conducting course-based research (BIOL 4905, 4906), taking research credits with a faculty member (4910), or getting involved in the iGEM program.

Find out if you belong in the zoo, aquarium, or other informal science teaching and learning environments, through internships such as BIOL 4104, 4911 or 4916.

Develop leadership skills and enhance your own professional development through Women Lead in Science (both women and men can register; BIOL 4930).

Headed to medical, dental, or vet school? Be sure to shadow professionals.


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

BIOL 3880 or BIOL 3900

CHEM 3410

4

PHYS 1111K

4

BIOL 3XXX Lab

1

BIOL 4960 or BIOL 4970

1

Area C or E Elective **

3
Total Hours 13

Term 2

Course Hours

BIOL 3880 or BIOL 3900

3

CHEM 4600

5

PHYS 1112k

4

Area C or E Elective *

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

**Students need a total of 6 hours in Area C and 12 hours in Area E. (18 hours total).

Most medical schools require Chem3100 – Organic Chem Lab I (2) and possibly Chem3110 – Organic Chem Lab II (2) These courses can be applied to Area I.

Generate new knowledge! Do research and co-author scientific publications! You can do this by conducting course-based research (BIOL 4905, 4906), taking research credits with a faculty member (4910), or getting involved in the iGEM program.

Find out if you belong in the zoo, aquarium, or other informal science teaching and learning environments, through internships such as BIOL 4104, 4911 or 4916.

Develop leadership skills and enhance your own professional development through Women Lead in Science (both women and men can register; BIOL 4930).

Headed to medical, dental, or vet school? Be sure to shadow professionals.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

BIOL 4xxx

4

BIOL 4xxx

4

BIOL 4xxx

4

Area I Elective

4
Total Hours 16

Term 2

Course Hours

BIOL 4xxx

4

BIOL 4xxx

4

BIOL 4xxx

4

Area I Elective

4
Total Hours 16

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Generate new knowledge! Do research and co-author scientific publications! You can do this by conducting course-based research (BIOL 4905, 4906), taking research credits with a faculty member (4910), or getting involved in the iGEM program.

Find out if you belong in the zoo, aquarium, or other informal science teaching and learning environments, through internships such as BIOL 4104, 4911 or 4916.

Develop leadership skills and enhance your own professional development through Women Lead in Science (both women and men can register; BIOL 4930).

Headed to medical, dental, or vet school? Be sure to shadow professionals.