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Biology Major Curriculum

Requirements for the Major in Biology

General Sciences Requisites:

  • Mathematics: MATH 2250 (Calculus I)

  • Introductory Biology: BIOL 1107-1107L (Principles of Biology I) and BIOL 1108-1108L (Principles of Biology II)

  • Introductory Chemistry: CHEM 1211-1211L (Freshman Chemistry I) and CHEM 1212-1212L (Freshman Chemistry II)

  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 2211-2211L (Organic Chemistry I)

  • Physics: PHYS 1111-1111L/1211-1211L (Introductory Physics I) and PHYS 1112-1112L/1212-1212L (Introductory Physics II)

  • Choose one: MATH 2260 (Calculus II) or STAT 2000 (Introductory Statistics) or CHEM 2212-2212L (Organic Chemistry II)

Required Major Courses:

  • BCMB 3100 (Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) or BCMB 4020 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II)

  • GENE 3200 or GENE 3200H (Genetics) 

  • CBIO 3600 (Developmental Biology) or CBIO 3400 (Cell Biology) or PBIO 3600 (Plant Cell and Developmental Biology)

  • ECOL 3500 or ECOL 3505H (Ecology) or GENE 3000 or GENE 3000H (Evolutionary Biology) or PBIO 3650-3650L (Plant Ecology)

Organismal Biology Requirement:

Student must choose one course (3-4 hours) that satisfies the organismal requirement.

Laboratory Biology Requirement:

Student must choose one course (3-4 hours) that satisfies the laboratory requirement.

Biology Major Electives Requirement:

Student must choose three additional courses (9 hours total) that satisfy the major elective requirement. At least two of the courses must be 3 or more credit hours and from two different departments.

*Please see the Biology Major Checksheet for more information and a list of applicable courses.

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Undergraduate Research in Biology

Undergraduates majoring in biology have the opportunity to enhance their learning through direct participation in research and scholarship. At UGA, these opportunities enable undergraduates to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking BIOL 4960R or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) has been established to support undergraduate research opportunities in the Division of Biological Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellowship provides financial assistance to students who have not had an opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience (paid, volunteer, or for credit) since matriculating to the University of Georgia.