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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Biology

Program Description

The BA in Biology is more flexible than the BS and allows students to tailor their degree to their own interests.  A minor is required.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available in the following areas:  conservation, medicine, pharmacy, biotechnology, research, genetic counseling, veterinary medicine.

Admission Requirements

In order to declare a major in biology, a student is required to have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles, theories, and methods in four core areas: cell biology; molecular biology and genetics; organismal biology; and population biology, evolution, and ecology.
  • Employ critical and analytical thinking in application of the scientific method, including formulating and testing hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions.
  • Report orally and in writing research results and conclusions according to accepted standards of professional biologists.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of careers in biology.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better for all classes in Areas D, F, and G. Classes with grades lower than a "C" cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for courses required in the major. To complete a degree in biology, students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 in all science courses applied to graduation.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:
MATH 1113
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ITDS 2125 *Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics (3) 

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.
Take the following lab science courses:

Take the following course:
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

BIOL 1231K General Biology I
BIOL 1232K General Biology II
BIOL 2206K Organismic Biology I
BIOL 2207K Organismic Biology II
Guided electives (2 credits)

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 17

A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

BIOL 3215K Cell Biology
BIOL 3216K Genetics
BIOL 3217K Ecology
BIOL 4795 Capstone Senior Seminar
Foreign Language 2001

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 11-12
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

At least 2 courses must include lab and/or field experience.

Choose 1 course from List 1 (Cellular and Molecular Biology Electives)(3 - 4)
BIOL 5118U, BIOL 5215U, BIOL 5216U,
BIOL 5217U, BIOL 5318U, BIOL 5515U

Choose 1 course from List 2 (Organismal Biology Electives)(3 - 4)
BIOL 5245U, BIOL 5246U, BIOL 5248U,
BIOL 5249U, BIOL 5255U, BIOL 5525U

Choose 1 course from List 3 (Ecology and Evolution Electives)(3 -4)
BIOL 5285U, BIOL 5286U, BIOL 5287U,
BIOL 5288U, BIOL 5535U

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 31-32
A minor or approved equivalent must be completed. Thirteen to fourteen hours must be 3000- level or above.

Total Hours Required 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule