Undergraduate Program

The Division of Biological Sciences is housed within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Division consists of the Departments of: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Ecology (Odum School of Ecology), Entomology (College of Agriculture), Genetics, Marine Sciences, Microbiology, and Plant Biology. Each department has its own major and degree programs. Due to the tight integration and relatedness of biological disciplines, the Division was created to conduct a degree program in Biology with the participation of the individual departments and faculty.

Biology MajorFour female students in a lab stand around a microscope and participate in a photosynthesis activity.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in biology is a liberal arts degree with a concentration in the biological sciences. It is not a pre-professional degree, but it does prepare students for professional programs as well as for advanced degrees in the biological sciences. A major in biology is valuable because of the important role that biology plays in our everyday lives. An understanding of basic biological principles is crucial in interpreting the implications of environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, the impact of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement, the treatment of disease, forensic medicine, and legal and ethical issues associated with the above.

Biology majors also have the option to complete concentrations in both Marine Biology and Neuroscience.

The first two years of a Biology major include the basic preparatory sciences:

General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus

Nine courses are required in the Biology major:

Biochemistry, Genetics, Ecology or Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology or Developmental Biology, Organismal Biology *, Laboratory Course*, Biology major electives (9 hours)*

*From approved choices

Degree requirements:

UGA Bulletin Core Requirements-B.S. in Biology

Franklin College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Biology Major Requirements

Careers

Students armed with a bachelor's degree in Biology from UGA have a wide variety of career options at their disposal.  Indeed, many of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine and dentistry, become pharmacists, veterinarians and teachers, or even attend graduate school and conduct research in their own laboratories.

For more information, please see the UGA Career Center's Careers in Biology.

Research Opportunities

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 4960 or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).