The mission of the B.S. Degree Program in the Department of Biology at the University of West Georgia is to provide under-graduate students the knowledge and training necessary to pursue advanced graduate education, professional studies, or employment. In pursuit of this mission, the Department of Biology offers a B.S. Degree Program via a general track, a professional preparation track or secondary education track.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.
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The department has developed a focused track for persons who wish to pursue teaching at the secondary level.
The secondary education track is a restrictive degree program that ensures future teachers meet all state and national content standards for science.
Method of Delivery
Face to Face
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 120
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Sample 4-year plan
Core Areas A, B, C, D, & E (42 hours)
MATH 1113 required under Area A
CHEM 1211K/1212K required under Area D
Core Area F
BIOL 2107/2107L Principles of Biology I and Lab (4 hours)
BIOL 2108/2108L Principles of Biology II and Lab (4 hours)
Electives (10 Hours)
Requirements for the Major
Ecology/Evolutionary Biology Requirement1 (3-4 hours)
Procaryotic Biology1 Requirement (3-4 hours)
Organismal Biology1 Requirement (3-4 hours)
Physiological Biology1 Requirement (3-4 hours)
Cell and Molecular Biology Requirement1 (3-4 hours)
Chemistry Requirement1 (without lab) (3)
BIOL 4984 (1 hour)
Biology Electives 3000/4000 Level (0-5 hours)
BIOL 3285 (3)
STEM 3815 (3)
UTCH 3001 (3)
UTCH 3002 (3)
UTCH 4000 (9)
UTCH 3003 (3)
UTCH 3004 (3)
Supporting Courses for the Major
MATH 1113 Precalculus (if not in Area F)
CHEM 2411/2411L Organic Chemistry I and Lab (if not in Area F)
BIOL 1110 Biological Diversity (if not in Area F)
CHEM 1211 + CHEM 1211L (if not in Area F)
CHEM 1212 + CHEM 1212L (if not in Area F)
BIOL 3221, 3223, 3226, 3231, 3232, 4241, 4242, 4245, 4441
Procaryotic Biology: BIOL 3310
Ecology/Evolutionary Biology: BIOL 3135, 3235
Physiological Biology: BIOL 3513, 4539
Cell an Molecular Biology: BIOL 3134
Chemistry: BIOL 4503; CHEM 3310/3310L, 3422/3422L, 4711
BIOL-1110 - Biological Diversity
This course is an Introductory foundation-building course for Biology majors. It is designed to familiarize students with the distinguishing characteristics, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships, and economic importance of all domains of life. For Biology majors only. Does not fulfill core requirements.
BIOL-2107 - Principles of Biology I for Biology Majors
This is the first of a two semester course designed for biology majors requiring a survey of fundamental topics in modern biology. Lectures build on a foundation of chemistry to develop current concepts of cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, and biological diversity. This course satisfies a core requirement of the Biology Major, but does not fulfill any of the requirements for general education.
BIOL-2107L - Principles of Biology I Lab for Biology Majors
This is the laboratory component for the lecture course, BIOL 2017. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same semester.
BIOL-2108 - Principles of Biology II for Biology Majors
This is the second of a two semester course designed for biology majors requiring a survey of fundamental topics in modern biology. Lectures build on a foundation of chemistry to develop current concepts of the form and function of plants and animals and of ecology. This course satisfies a core requirement of the Biology major but does not fulfill any of the requirements for general education.
BIOL-2108L - Principles of Biology II Lab for Biology Majors
This is the laboratory component for the lecture course, BIOL 2108. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same semester.
BIOL-3134 - Cell and Molecular Biology
This course deals with the molecular aspects of cell structure and function,, emphasizing the chemical and molecular basis of cellular physiology. It also addresses genetic functions at the chromosomal and molecular levels, gene expression, and regulation.
BIOL-3135 - Ecology
This course is designed to familiarize Biology majors with the factors controlling the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems. The role of evolutionary processes in the structure and function of these systems will also be explored. Basic concepts will be synthesized and reinforced by investigating the dynamics of the aquatic life zones and terrestrial biomes on earth.
BIOL-3223 - Vascular Plants
Designed to familiarize students with four basic areas of plant biology: diversity, anatomy, physiology and ecology. Ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms will be compared and contrasted through lecture and lab-based exercises.
BIOL-3310 - Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of biological organisms and agents too small to be seen with the unaided eye. This course will introduce students to the diversity, physiology, anatomy, and genetics of microorganisms, with particular emphasis on the bacteria. It will also introduce students to key areas of microbiology, including medical microbiology, microbial ecology, food microbiology, and biotechnology.
BIOL-3513 - Human Physiology
A survey of the mechanisms involved in the function of the human body. Study is approached from the organ system level to address muscular, neural, hormonal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive functions. Correlation will be made to the similarity between the demands placed on living systems regardless of whether the organism is multicellular or a single cell.
BIOL-4503 - Biological Perspectives: Biochemistry
This course is designed to study the interactions of biochemical pathways and the control systems that function to regulate cell and whole body metabolism. This course emphasizes the regulation of biochemical pathways as opposed to the mechanisms involved in each enzymatic step within a given pathway.
BIOL-4984 - Senior Biology Seminar
The senior biology seminar is designed to prepare students for oral presentation of biological research and concepts and to allow a mechanism for feedback on presentation skills. Biology majors are required to first enroll in sophomore biology seminar. Students who have conducted research projects may present their own research results. Students who have conducted research projects may present their own research results. Others may present information from current biological research literature.
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Guidelines for Admittance
Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
- Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
- Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission
Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines
Admission Process Checklist
- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
See program specific calendars here
- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.
Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
- Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
- Check the status of your application
Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines
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