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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Pathway, A.S.

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Biology is the science of life, from simple bacteria to complicated organisms. Biologists pursue a wide range of interests, among them researching diseases, exploring the evolution of organisms, modeling the complexity of ecosystems and examining the distribution of living organisms.

Students of biology develop an understanding of how living things work and affect each other. They work to answer new questions about the natural world, whether it is about environmental impact or human health and well-being. Will building a new dam destroy a rare flower or increase populations of parasites? Where did the latest Salmonella outbreak originate? Why are some cancers resistant to chemotherapy? How do we make a vaccine for AIDS? Biologists perform research to discover answers to these questions, apply their research, and teach the discoveries to a new generation.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

 See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergradate Catalog.

  • Area A: Essential Skills
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Area E: Social Science


Area A

Required course:

Area D

Required course

Any mathematics course not taken in Area A from the following choices:

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  • Students intending to pursue the B.S. in Biology at Georgia State University-Atlanta must complete the courses indicated (*) as follows: one of the two-semester physics sequences and any of the biology and research (RSCH) courses in the list as needed to complete Area F. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional guidance.
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations above (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State UniversityAtlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours)

  • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.

Select from the following to complete 18 credit hours in Area F

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