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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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Major in Biology

The Gordon State College major in biology combines a strong foundation in the physical sciences and a broad knowledge of the biological sciences to ensure that students have the knowledge and intellectual skills to pursue a number of different career and study paths. The major is defined by two tracks. In Track One, General Biology, the student will be prepared to seek employment in a wide range of jobs related to the biological sciences. Further, students completing Track One, who work with their advisors to wisely choose their electives, can pursue graduate studies in biology, or they can pursue professional studies at colleges of medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary sciences. In addition they will have the course work necessary to seek positions in the many graduate programs in allied health areas that prepare practitioners such as physical therapists and physician’s assistants.

Presently the state of Georgia is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified teachers to teach biology in high school classrooms. Track Two in the biology major is designed to address this crisis.  Track Two of the biology major has been carefully crafted to ensure that Gordon State College graduates in biology will be the needed highly qualified teachers.

Teaching Certification Program

Students who desire to complete Track Two and earn teaching credentials in Georgia must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program by the midpoint of their sophomore year. On page 168 of this catalog are found the requirements for admission to this program and the steps involved in applying for admission. In addition to reading carefully the materials on pages 167-171, the prospective teacher education candidate should contact the School of Education no later than the midpoint of his or her sophomore year. Whenever a semester schedule permits an elective, students seeking secondary certification should take one of EDUC 2110, 2120, and 2130.

In addition to the baccalaureate degree, Gordon State College also offers a minor in biology.

The course requirements of the two tracks of the biology major follow:

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Biology

In addition to the courses for the baccalaureate degree, students must complete Areas A-G of the core curriculum. The biology program of study is recommended. Other programs of study are acceptable. Students must, however, complete the following courses either as part of, or in addition to, the core curriculum for their program of study.

MATH 1113 Precalculus
MATH 2101 or MATH 1501
BIOL 1107
BIOL 1108
CHEM 1211K
CHEM 1212K

  Track 1: Biology
Biology Common Requirements

BIOL 3200 Genetics
BIOL 3300 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 3500 Ecology
BIOL 4200 Evolution
BIOL 4000 Senior Seminar
Seven addidional semester hours in biology courses numbered 3000 and above but not including BIOL 4800
(24 semester hours)

Additional Requirements CHEM 2401K Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 1111K (or 2211K)
15 additional hours from courses numbered 3000 and above from biology and other disciplines
(23 semester hours)
Electives (13 semester hours)
Note: Biology majors are strongly urged to complete as many courses as possible from this list: CHEM 2402K, MATH 1501, MATH 1502, PHYS 1112K
Totals: 120 - 124 semester hours
  Track 2: Biology with Teaching Certification
Biology Common Requirements BIOL 3200 Genetics
BIOL 3300 Cellular and Milecular Biology
BIOL 3500 Ecology
BIOL 4200 Evolution
BIOL 4000 Senior Seminar
Seven additional semester hours in biology courses numbered 3000 and above but  not including BIOL 4800
(24 semester hours)
Additional Requirements

CHEM 2401K Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 1111K ( or 2211K)
BIOL 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education, or
EDUC 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Education
EDUC 2110
EDUC 2120
EDUC 2130
EDUC 3005 Middle and Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
LART 3006 Reading in the Content Area
SPED 3105 The Exceptional Learner in the Secondary Classroom
EDUC 3504 Seminar in Secondary Practicum
EDUC 3505 Secondary Practicum
EDUC 4504 Seminar in Student Teaching
EDUC 4505 Secondary Student Teaching
(44 semester hours)

Totals: 128 - 132 semester hours

*When possible, student should complete CHEM 1211 and 1212 in Area D, thus providing an additional 8 semester hours of electives in his or her program.

Minor in Biology

A student may earn a minor in biology by fulfilling, in addition to the general College requirements, the requirements below:

Required:  Choose two of the following 

BIOL 1107/1107L Principles of Biology I 4 credit hours
BIOL 1108/1108L Principles of Biology II 4 credit hours
CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I 4 credit hours
CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II 4 credit hours

Choose a combination of biology courses numbered 3000 and above to total 9 -10 hours*

                                                              9 – 10 credit hours

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Total Hours                                          17 – 18 hours

*Only four credit hours of BIOL 4905 – Undergraduate Research will be counted toward the total hours.  A minimum of one 3000-level or above laboratory course is required.

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