Department of Biology
Degree Programs

About the Biology Major

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Biology at Emory offers a diverse and extensive curriculum designed to expose students to cutting edge theory and practice in biology.  Successful completion of the introductory biology sequence prepares students for advanced study in cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and other biological subdisciplines.  Opportunities are provided for supervised laboratory experiences, seminars, directed study, and research.  Our curriculum is designed to provide the biological background necessary for post-baccalaureate training at the graduate or professional level.

After completing a Biology major, students will be able to:
1.  Explain and apply major biological concepts and connect concepts from the biological and physical sciences.
2.  Develop problem solving, critical thinking, and quantitative skills to address biological questions.
3.  Be able to pursue successfully career or post-baccalaureate education goals.

To learn about the admission process for Emory, visit the admission office website.

Declaration of a Biology Major

As a student, you are required to choose a major by the end of your second year.  However, you may do so as early as the second semester of your freshman year.  To declare a major in Biology, please fill out and submit the new on-line Declaration of Major/Minor (DOM) form (found on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) website under "OUE Forms."  Then contact Ms. Barbara Shannon at to schedule an appointment to complete the major declaration process.  At the declaration appointment, the student will be provided with the major requirements and will be assigned a Biology faculty member as their academic advisor. 

Information for Transfer Students

Degree Programs Offered in Biology

1. BA and BS degrees in Biology

The Biology department offers both a BA and a BS in Biology.  The requirements for both of these are described in the documents below.  The decision as to which to pursue is dependent on several factors.  Some tips on making the decision are located in the FAQ at the bottom on this page.

Fall 2017 BS Degree [PDF] Fall 2017 BA Degree [PDF]
Fall 2017 BS Worksheet [PDF] Fall 2017 BA Worksheet [PDF]
Fall 2020 BS Degree [PDF] Fall 2020 BA Degree [PDF]
Fall 2020 BS Worksheet [PDF] Fall 2020 BA Worksheet [PDF]

View a suggested course schedule for a four year plan to graduate with a BS in Biology.

3.  Quantitative Sciences (QSS) Major with Biology Track: 

The Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods is now offering a QSS major with a Biology track.  Read here for further information.

4. Minor: Science, Culture and Society

In conjunction with the Program in Science, Culture, and Society, students may also earn a minor in that area.  To learn about the minor, visit the Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) website

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About the Biology Major

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