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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Science

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Biology

Program Description

This program provides broad training in biology and preparation for graduate and professional studies and for a career in biology.

Career Opportunities

  • Conservation
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • biology teaching
  • genetic counseling 

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 be able to:

  • 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.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better for all classes in Areas D, F, G, and H. 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:

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: 35
A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.

Follow one of these options based on BIOL 4391 selection:

Option 1:
BIOL 4392 Undergraduate Research
BIOL 4393 Research Presentation

BIOL 4698 Internship

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 15- 16

A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.
At least 3 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

Choose 1 additional course from List 1-3 or from:
CHEM 3141,   GEOL 3245,   GEOL5275U,  or PSYC 4116 (3 - 4)

Area I General Electives Required Hours:9 -10

Total Hours Required 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule