Biology Major

Curriculum Requirement

Principles of Biology I & II are required for a student to progress to any 3000-4000 level biology course.

Core Curriculum Requirements

60 Hours

All baccalaureate programs at North Georgia require the satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester credit hours comprising the six areas of the core curriculum. A complete description of Areas A-E of the core curriculum can be found in Core Curriculum. Individual degree programs may specify exceptions and/or particular courses that must be taken within each Area A-E of the core curriculum. Those exceptions and/or course requirements and Area F of the core curriculum, are shown below.

Area A

no exceptions

Area B

no exceptions

Area C

no exceptions

Area D

Biology majors may not take BIOL 1107K, BIOL 1108K, CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L, CHEM 1212, or CHEM 1212L

Area E

no exceptions

Area F. Biology Major

18 hours

BIOL 1107K

Principles of Biology I (with lab)

4 hours

BIOL 1108K

Principles of Biology II (with lab)

4 hours

CHEM 1211

Principles of Chemistry I

3 hours

CHEM 1211L

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

1 hour

CHEM 1212

Principles of Chemistry II

3 hours

Three hours of lower division courses from biology, physics, geology, mathematics not taken as part of Area A or D, foreign language not taken as part of Area B, and computer science.

Advanced Placement

Students completing Advanced Placement Biology and scoring four or higher on the examination may enroll in courses for which Principles of Biology I and Principles of Biology II are prerequisites.

Courses In The Biology Major: 40 hours

Take one course from each of the following categories:


BIOL 3321

General Botany

4 hours

BIOL 3322

Plant Diversity

4 hours


BIOL 3325

Invertebrate Zoology

4 hours

BIOL 3326

Vertebrate Zoology

4 hours


BIOL 2280

Medical Microbiology

4 hours

BIOL 3390

General Microbiology

4 hours

Take these courses:

BIOL 3220


4 hours

BIOL 3230


4 hours

BIOL 3240

Cell Biology

4 hours

BIOL 3350


4 hours

BIOL 4450

Evolutionary Biology

3 hours

Take 9 semester hours from the following elective courses:

BIOL 3331

Ecology Field Study

1 hour

BIOL 4310

Plant Taxonomy

4 hours

BIOL 4311

Botany Field Study

1 hour

BIOL 4327

Wildlife Ecology

4 hours

BIOL 4380

Environmental Microbiology

4 hours

BIOL 4435


3 hours

BIOL 4440


4 hours

BIOL 4460

Marine Biology

3 hours

BIOL 4461

Marine Field Study

1 hour

BIOL 4470

Human Histology

4 hours

BIOL 4471

Histology Laboratory Techniques

1 hour

BIOL 4480

Developmental Biology

4 hours

BIOL 4510

Animal Behavior

3 hours

BIOL 4520


4 hours

BIOL 4540


4 hours

BIOL 4550

Experimental Biology

4 hours

BIOL 4700

Biology Seminar

1 hour

BIOL 4710


3 hours

BIOL 4760


4 hours

BIOL 4x26

Special Topics

3-4 hours

*BIOL 4800-4807

Independent Study

1 hour each

* When based upon student research, a maximum of 4 independent study hours may be included in the 9 biology elective hours required in the major. With permission of the biology department head, up to 4 additional hours of independent study may be included in the 9 biology elective hours required in the major if these additional hours are substituted for a 4000 level course.

Other Requirements

PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1112

Introductory Physics I and II with labs

8 hours

CHEM 1212L

Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

1 hour

CHEM 3441/3441L

Organic Chemistry I with lab

4 hours

CHEM 3442/3442L

Organic Chemistry II with lab

4 hours

Military Science requirements (for military students only)

12 hours

U.S. and Georgia Constitution and History requirement


Learning Goals (US, CT, Global)


Electives: To bring the total number of credit hours to at least 120 semester hours.

Exit Requirements: To assist the department in assessing the biology program, graduating seniors will be required to take an undergraduate assessment test in biology and complete exit questionnaires.