May 24, 2018  
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major: Concentration II, B.S.

Biology Major Concentration I (67 hours) or Concentration II (63 hours)

Concentration I is designed for students planning to attend graduate or professional school in biology or the health sciences. Concentration II is for students who have interests other than graduate or professional school in biology or the health sciences (i.e. secondary education, science journalism, double majors, business minors).

Students planning to become certified to teach biology in Georgia public secondary schools must complete a major in biology and a major in secondary education . One course in microbiology, one course in plant biology, and one course in ethics should be successfully completed to meet the National Science Standards for certification in teaching biology. Such courses include BIO 301 , Microbiology; BIO 311 I , General Botany; or BIO 313 I , Forest Ecology; and PHI 358 , Bioethics or PHI 359 I , Environmental Ethics. Other recommended courses include BIO 206 , BIO 303 , BIO 332 I , BIO 415 I , BIO 480  and BIO 482 , and EVS 104 .

Biology Elective Requirements (both concentrations): at least 19 hours

All students majoring in biology must take five additional elective biology courses at the 300 level or above (at least 19 semester hours). Fifteen hours numbered 300 and above must be taken in residence. Within this block of courses students may select those sub disciplines that best suit their needs. CHM 341 , Biochemistry I, may be used as one of the five elective courses but it would then not count toward the chemistry major or minor.

Additional Science and Mathematics Requirements Concentration II: 24 hours


4 hours at the CHM 108  level or higher. Chemistry minors are exempt from this requirement.

Math and Science Electives:

Five additional courses taken from ANS, AST, BIO, CHM, EVS, GEO, MAT or PHY. Only one of these electives may be chosen from the following:


Students may not use CHM 102  for this elective credit. CHM 341  may be used as an elective course, but will not count toward the chemistry major or minor. BIO 103  may not be used as the math and science elective credit if the major has first completed BIO 111 . In addition, at least two of these courses must be non-BIO courses. Students with a dual major in secondary education  may substitute EDU 499  for one of the science electives.

Additional Information:

A number of courses in marine biology are offered through the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, ( during the summer term. Students may register for the courses as a transient and up to two courses taken at GCRL will count as electives toward a major in biology.

The Berry College biology department is also affiliated with the Highlands Biological Station ( One of these courses can count as a biology elective, with departmental approval.