Curriculum

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements in the KSU catalog.

General Education Requirements Specific to This Major:

  • Area A2: MATH 1113
  • Area D1: MATH 1190
  • Area D2: (CHEM 1211  and CHEM 1211L) and (CHEM 1212  and CHEM 1212L)

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Lab/math credit from General Education (2 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
  • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
  • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II
  • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory

  • PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Laboratory I
  • or
  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I
  • AND
  • PHYS 1112 - Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS 1112L - Introductory Physics Laboratory II
  • or
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II
  • PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics Laboratory II

  • CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I *
  • CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Laboratory *
  • AND
  • CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II *
  • CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Laboratory *

*If not taken in General Education.

Major Requirements (48 Credit Hours)

I. Biology Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3300 - Genetics
  • BIOL 3300L - Genetics Laboratory
  • BIOL 3370 - Ecology
  • BIOL 3370L - Ecology Laboratory
  • BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4399 - Seminar2

II. Statistics Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

  • STAT 3125 - Biostatistics

III. Organic Chemistry Requirements (8 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II

IV. (A.) General Biology Track (25 Credit Hours)

  • Any 3000 or 4000-level Biology course (with the exception of BIOL 3317 or BIOL 3396).
  • A student must have a minimum of four (4) laboratory courses: BIOL 3300L, BIOL 3370L; plus any two upper-level Biology laboratory courses of the student's choosing (BIOL 3110L, 4400, or 4402 may count for only 1 of these).
  • A student may include up to 4 credit hours of any 3000 or 4000-level Physics, Chemistry, Math, Statistics, GIS, or SCI 3360, HIST 3377, POLS 4456, PSY 4410, or BIOL 3398.

See footnote 3.

IV. (B.) Pre-Professional Track (25 Credit Hours)

Pre-M.D./Dentistry/Optometry/Pharmacy

  • For notes on Pre-M.D. see footnote 4.
  • For notes on Pre-Optometry see footnote 5.
  • For notes on Pre-Pharmacy see footnote 6.

Required Courses (10 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4431 - Human Physiology
  • BIOL 4431L - Human Physiology Laboratory
  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L - Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3315K - Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3327 - Medical Genetics
  • BIOL 3375K - Behavioral Biology
  • BIOL 3338K - Histology
  • BIOL 3400 - Drugs and Biologics: From Conception to Regulatory Approval
  • BIOL 4115 - Parasitology
  • BIOL 4350K - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 4390K - Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 - Research Internship
  • BIOL 4431L - Human Physiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4432K - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 4440 - Toxicology
  • BIOL 4460K - Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 4465 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 - Virology
  • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics
  • CHEM 3010 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory

Pre-D.V.M.

Required Courses (14 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4350K - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 4431 - Human Physiology
  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry

Electives (11 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L - Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3315K - Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3327 - Medical Genetics
  • BIOL 3338K - Histology
  • BIOL 3375K - Behavioral Biology
  • BIOL 3400 - Drugs and Biologics: From Conception to Regulatory Approval
  • BIOL 4115 - Parasitology
  • BIOL 4390K - Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 - Research Internship
  • BIOL 4440 - Toxicology
  • BIOL 4465 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 - Virology
  • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics
  • BIOL 4431L - Human Physiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4432K - Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 4460K - Medical Microbiology
  • CHEM 3010 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory

IV. (C.) Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (11 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 4100K - Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4390K - Developmental Biology
  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    or
  • CHEM 3501 - Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules7
  • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    or
  • CHEM 3501L - Biochemistry I Laboratory7

Electives (14 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L - Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3301K - Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 3327 - Medical Genetics
  • BIOL 3338K - Histology
  • BIOL 3398 - Practical Internship
  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 3400 - Drugs and Biologics: From Conception to Regulatory Approval
  • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 - Research Internship
  • BIOL 4411K - Stem Cell Technology
  • BIOL 4412K - Cell and Tissue Culture
  • BIOL 4465 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 - Virology
  • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics
  • BIOL 4490 - Special Topics in Biology
  • BIOL 4630 - Advanced Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 3502 - Biochemistry II: Metabolism
  • CHEM 3540L - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 4500K - Methods in Nucleic Acid and Protein Biochemistry

IV. (D.) Ecology and Environmental Biology Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (17 Credit Hours)

Organismal Courses (at least 8 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3310K – Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3315K – Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 3320K – Plant Morphology
  • BIOL 3330K - Biology of the Algae
  • BIOL 3335K – Natural History of Georgia
  • BIOL 3372K – Aquatic Biodiversity
  • BIOL 3700K - Ichthyology
  • BIOL 4322K – Plant Systematics

Concept and Techniques Courses (at least 9 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L – Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3250K – Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 3371K – Freshwater Ecology
  • BIOL 3373K – Methods in Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 3375K – Behavioral Biology
  • BIOL 3380 - Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 3650 – Marine Biology
  • BIOL 3720 – Sustainability at KSU
  • BIOL 4242K – Ecological Genetics
  • BIOL 4333 – WIKIed Biology
  • BIOL 4400 – Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 – Research Internship
  • BIOL 4422K – Plant Ecology
  • BIOL 4440 – Toxicology

Electives (8 Credit Hours)

  • Any 3000 or 4000-level Biology course (with the exception of BIOL 3317, BIOL 3396, or BIOL 3398). A student may include up to 4 credits of any 3000 or 4000-level Physics, Chemistry, Math, Statistics, GIS, or HIST 3377 or POLS 4456.

See footnote 3.

IV. (E.) Plant Biology Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (16 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3320K - Plant Morphology
  • BIOL 4322 - Plant Systematics
  • BIOL 4420K - Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4422K - Plant Ecology

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L - Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3250K - Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIOL 3301K - Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 3330K - Biology of the Algae
  • BIOL 3335K - Natural History of Georgia
  • BIOL 3372K - Aquatic Biodiversity
  • BIOL 4100K - Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4242K - Ecological Genetics
  • BIOL 4333 - WIKIed Biology
  • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 - Research Internship
  • BIOL 4412K - Cell and Tissue Culture
  • BIOL 4620 - Advanced Topics in Ecology & Evolution
  • BIOL 4630 - Advanced Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4490 - Special Topics in Biology
  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
  • ENVS 3100K - Soil & Water Science
  • ENVS 4000K - Wetlands and Mitigation
  • GEOG 3900 - Biogeography

IV. (F.) Microbiology Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (8 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3340 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 3341K - Advanced Microbiology

Electives (17 Credit Hours)

See footnote 8.

  • BIOL 3110L – Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3301K – Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 4115 - Parasitology
  • BIOL 3398 – Practical Internship
  • BIOL 4200 – Industrial Microbiology
  • BIOL 4400 – Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 – Research Internship
  • BIOL 4460K – Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 4465 – Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 – Virology
  • BIOL 4480 – Food Microbiology
  • BIOL 4490 – Special Topicsin Biology
  • BIOL 4620 – Advanced Topics in Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 4630 – Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4635 – Advanced Topics in Microbiology
  • BIOL 4800K – Diagnostic Microbiology

IV. (G.) Biotechnology Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (18 Credit Hours)

See footnote 7.

  • BIOL 3301K – Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BIOL 3340 – Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L – Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 4100K – Molecular Genetics
  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    or
  • CHEM 3501 - Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules

  • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    or
  • CHEM 3501L - Biochemistry I Lab

Electives (7 Credit Hours)

See footnote 3.

  • BIOL 3110L – Directed Methods
  • BIOL 3341K – Advanced Microbiology
  • BIOL 3398 – Practical Internship
  • BIOL 3400 – Drugs and Biologics: From Conception to Regulatory Approval
  • BIOL 4110K - Global Biotechnology - Study Abroad
  • BIOL 4200 – Industrial Microbiology
  • BIOL 4400 – Directed Study
  • BIOL 4402 – Research Internship
  • BIOL 4411K – Stem Cell Technology
  • BIOL 4412K – Cell and Tissue Culture
  • BIOL 4455 – Case Studies in Forensic Science
  • BIOL 4460K – Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 4465 – Immunology
  • BIOL 4475 – Virology
  • BIOL 4480 - Food Microbiology
  • BIOL 4486 – Bioethics
  • BIOL 4490 – Special Topics
  • BIOL 4500K – Bioinformatics I
  • BIOL 4510K – Bioinformatics II
  • BIOL 4550 – Cancer Biology
  • BIOL 4630 – Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4800K - Diagnostic Microbiology
  • CHEM 3502 – Biochemistry II: Metabolism
  • CHEM 3540L – Advanced Biochemistry Lab
  • CHEM 3010 – Medicinal Chemistry

IV. (H.) Bioinformatics Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (22 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 4100K – Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4490 - Special Topics in Biology
  • BIOL 4500K – Bioinformatics I
  • BIOL 4510K – Bioinformatics II
  • CSE 1301 – Programming & Problem Solving I
  • CSE 1301 – Programming & Problem Solving I Laboratory

  • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    OR
  • CHEM 3501 - Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules

Electives (3 Credit Hours)

  • Any 3000 or 4000-level Biology course (with the exception of BIO 3317, 3396, or 3398). A student may include CHEM 3500L and CHEM 3500L or CHEM 3501 and CHEM 3501L (see footnote 7).

See footnote 3.

IV. (I.) Cytogenetics Track (25 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (17 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3327 – Medical Genetics
  • BIOL 4300K – Chromosome Preparation & Analysis
  • BIOL 4310L – Cytogenetics Practicum

Electives (8 Credit Hours)

  • Any 3000 or 4000-level Biology course (with the exception of BIOL 3317, BIOL 3396, or BIOL 3398). A student may include CHEM 3500 and CHEM 3500L or CHEM 3501 and CHEM 3501L7.

See footnote 3.

IV. (J.) Biology Education (39 Credit Hours)

Biology Content Courses (10 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 3340 – Microbiology
  • BIOL 3340L – Microbiology Laboratory
  • 4 credits of any 3000 or 4000-level BIOL course (with the exception of BIOL 3317)

  • BIOL 3110L – Directed Methods
    OR
  • BIOL 4400 – Directed Study*
    OR
  • BIOL 3398 – Practical Internship
    OR
  • BIOL 4402 – Research Internship

*Only 2 credits.

Professional Education Courses (29 Credit Hours)

  • EDSM 1101 – Step 1 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
  • EDSM 1102 – Step 2 Inquiry-based Lesson Design
  • EDSM 2010 – Knowing and Learning in Science
  • ITEC 3300 – Improving Learning with Technology in High School Classrooms
  • INED 3305 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting I
  • INED 3306 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting II
  • INED 4435 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners
  • INED 4436 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners II
  • SCED 2421 - Classroom Interactions
  • SCED 3010 - Perspectives in Teaching Science
  • BED 4422 - Project-based Instruction

Free Electives (0-12 Credit Hours)

  • Any credit courses in university curriculum.

= Program Total (120-122 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123-125 Credit Hours)


NOTES:

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2 BIOL 4399 may only be taken once for credit toward a biology degree.

A maximum of 8 hours from BIOL 3110, 4400, 4402, and/or 4450 can be used to satisfy biology upper-level electives. Credit for BIOL 3317 and 3396 can be applied to Free Electives only.

Students should take PSYC 2105 and COM 1109 in Area B and are encouraged to take some of the following in Free Electives: SOCI 2201, HPE 3300, PSYC 3200, SOCI 3380, HPE 4500

Students should take PSYC 2105 and FL 1002 in Area B, ENGL 2110 and ART 1107 in Area C, and are encouraged to take some of the following in Free Electives: ART 1100, BUSA 1000.

Students are encouraged to take BIOL 2221/2221L and BIOL 2222/2222L as Free Electives.

Students planning on taking CHEM 3501/3501L need to take CHEM 2800 and those planning on taking CHEM 4500 need to take CHEM 3501/3501L.

A maximum of 6 hours from BIOL 3110, 4400, 4402, 3398, and/or 4110 can be used in this track. 2 of the elective classes must have laboratories. A student may include up to 4 credits of any 3000 or 4000-level Physics, Chemistry, Math, GIS, or SCI 3360, HIST 3377, POLS 4456, PSY 4410 or BIOL 3398.

This track consists of 126 credits and allows for no Free Electives.

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