As our society becomes increasingly technological, career opportunities for individuals with science degrees will continue to increase. Our Biology major is designed to give students a broad biological background while also allowing the student to tailor their degree to their own individual needs. Biology majors develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of the field of biology and amass a variety of laboratory skills (Program Outcomes). Students majoring in Biology can work in a number of areas, including government agencies, private industries, and law enforcement. This major also prepares students for further education in pursuit of graduate degrees or professional degrees in biological fields (e.g., medicine, dentistry, etc.).
In 2000, Clayton State University began offering a B.S. degree in Biology (formerly called the Applied Biology degree). The B.S. degree was designed in consultation with Georgia employers to fit present and emerging needs in the State of Georgia. Along with providing a required core of classes in biology, the program includes a rigorous background in chemistry and physics that will allow our students to succeed in their chosen career. Faculty mentors guide students in selecting the electives that are appropriate for their career goals. In addition, students earning the Biology degree participate in off-campus or on-campus internships or independent research projects with faculty. In Fall 2019 the Biology Department made a significant change to the Biology curriculum to provide more flexibility for students so they can more easily complete their degree in four years. Below we have provided the old curriuclum worksheet and the newest curriculum worksheet. Students entering the program in 2019 are required to follow the new curriculum. Students entering the program prior to Fall 2019 have a choice to switch to the new curriculum and complete the older curriculum. Students should speak to their advisor about which choice is more suitable.
Download the B.S. Biology Curriculum Worksheet for the B.S. Biology prior to Fall 2019.
Download the B.S. Biology Curriculum Worksheet for the B.S. Biology starting in Fall 2019.
The table below provides a summary of the newest B.S. in Biology curriculum. See the link above for a detailed curriculum worksheet.
The scheduling for the Biology core courses and electives can be found at this link.
UD Required Core
Physiology course and Lab Options (4 hrs)
Senior Biology Seminar
Choose any additional 3000-4000 levelbiology lab to pair with an appropriate biology elective (co-requisite may apply)
Choose additional 3000-4000 level biology courses and/or labs for a minimum of 11 hours
Any lecture or lab course with a CHEM, FOSC, or PHYS prefix. Lower division courses can be used as long as student has a minimum of 42 hours of upper division (3000 4000 level) courses. Non-majors courses such as CHEM 1151/L and CHEM 1152/L cannot be used.
Total Hours Required (upon achieving the min. hours in each elective area student must select 3 additional elective hours of science courses or labs to reach 120 hours.
Important notes concerning courses: