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B.S. in Biology

About this Degree

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.

What you will learn


ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H 
MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250* or MATH 2300H* or MATH 2400* or MATH 2400H* or MATH 2410 or  MATH 2410H  or STAT 2000
*MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H is required for this major. 


At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.



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. View Bulletin.
  • Humanities and the Arts (3 hours): No preferred courses for this area. View Bulletin.


  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • 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 2111HIST 2111EHIST 2111HHIST 2112HIST 2112EHIST 2112HHIST 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


(CHEM 1212CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312HCHEM 1312L)
(CHEM 2211CHEM 2211L) or (CHEM 2311HCHEM 2311L)
MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H 
PHYS 1112-1112L or PHYS 1212-1212L 

Choose one: (CHEM 2212CHEM 2212L) or (CHEM 2312HCHEM 2312L) or MATH 2260 or MATH 2310H or STAT 2000 or STAT 2100H

* 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. 


Below is a check sheet of all the courses needed to graduate with a major in Biology. If you have any additional questions or wish to speak to an academic advisor, feel free to contact us.


College-Wide Requirements

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


Interesting Facts about this Degree or Program

  • UGA is committed to fostering effective future leaders for our communities. This degree prepares students for professional programs as well as for advanced degrees in the biological sciences.
  • Career opportunities for a Biology major include jobs in research, health care, environmental management and conservation, education, and much more. 
  • Biology graduates are broadly trained and well prepared for admission into strong graduate programs in the biological sciences and professional schools (medical, dental, and veterinary). They may also directly assume positions in government, education, industry, or certain technical fields

Christopher Henry Vaught Scholarship in Science Policy

This scholarship is available to support highly motivated undergraduate students in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or other life sciences, to engage in Science Policy research as a part of the Fall and Spring UGA Washington Semester Program. Applicants are evaluated based on review of 500-word, typed personal statement indicating why you wish to participate in the program in the area of science policy, resumé, academic transcripts, and an interview. Typically, one award is made annually. This program is made possible on account of the generosity of Drs. Jim Vaught and Irene Glowinski, who reside in the Washington D.C. area.

Division Scholarships

More Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards


For more information, please see the UGA Career Center.

Raybiotech North Atlanta OBGYN
SMC Corporation Wells Fargo
Alpha Scientific Northeast Sales Distributing
Crier Life The University of Georgia
NOAA Corps Medical Aid Supply House
Choice Care Perimeter Orthopedics
Nuzhat, PC Athens Regional Medical Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prium
Prevention University of North Georgia
Emory University Babcock Dermatology
Dial America  

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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 a student who has not had an opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience (paid, volunteer, or for credit) since matriculating to The University of Georgia.