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.  You may formally indicate your choice of major by coming to the Biology Department and completing a Declaration of Major/Minor (DOM) form.  At that time, you will be assigned a biology advisor based on the availability of the faculty members.  Each faculty member serves as an advisor in addition to his or her other responsibilities.  To declare a major, contact the Academic Undergraduate Degree Program Coordinator, Barbara Shannon ( on most days between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, room 2006A.

Information for Oxford Continuees
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 below.

Fall 2008 BS Degree [PDF] Fall 2008 BA Degree [PDF]
Fall 2008 BS Worksheet [PDF] Fall 2008 BA Worksheet [PDF]
Fall 2013 BS Degree [PDF] Fall 2013 BA Degree [PDF]
Fall 2013 BS Worksheet [PDF] Fall 2013 BA Worksheet [PDF]
Fall 2014 BS Degree [PDF] Fall 2014 BA Degree [PDF]
Fall 2014 BS Worksheet [PDF] Fall 2014 BA Worksheet [PDF]

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

2. Minor: Science, Culture and Society

In conjunction with the Program in Science, Culture, and Society, the Biology department offers a minor in that area.  To learn about the minor, visit the Science, Culture and Society website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About the Biology Major

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