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What Is Biology?

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.

Why Study Biology?

Why do people get old and die? Why do seeds grow up, not down? How does injecting someone with a virus prevent them from catching it? Biologists learn the answers. 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.

 

Biology opens the door to a variety of careers and leads to roles such as:

    • Botanist
    • Ecologist
    • Food and drug inspector
    • Forensic scientist
    • Forestry management specialist
    • Geneticist
    • Immunologist
    • Marine biologist
    • Science or medical writer
    • Physician
 
    • Microbiologist
    • Nuclear medicine technician
    • Pharmacist
    • Public health administrator
    • Researcher
    • Veterinarian
    • Wildlife biologist
    • Zoo educator
  Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ listings for biological scientists and other biology careers.

The Biology pathway leads to an Associate of Science degree.

1917 Biology Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Biology

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3 Credit Hours), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3 Credit Hours)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  • Required course: Any mathematics course not taken in Area A from the following choices: MATH 1070, MATH 1220, MATH 2201, MATH 2202, MATH 2211, MATH 2212 (or any higher-level math).
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. 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.
  2. Required Courses (unless used to satisfy Area D requirements) (16 Credit Hours):
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2108 Principles of Biology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2108 Principles of Biology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  3. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3 Credit Hours)*
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) * and Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 2500 Neurobiology and Behavior (2 Credit Hours)*
    • BIOL 2800 Introduction to Molecular Biology (2 Credit Hours)*
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 2400L Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 2410L Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2202 Calculus for the Life Sciences II (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2215 Multivariate Calculus (4 Credit Hours)
    • PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 1112L Introductory Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • [RSCH 1203] Research Strategies and Technology (1 Credit Hour)
  • 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 University-Atlanta (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.
 

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