The B.A. degree with a major in biology is ideal for students who do not need the extra math, chemistry, and physics requirements that are found in the B.S. degree with a major in biology. For instance, most allied health programs do not require a full year of organic chemistry, calculus, or even physics. Therefore, students pursuing those careers after graduating from VSU may wish to consider this B.A. degree option rather than the B.S. degree.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Biology

Core Curriculum 60
Core Curriculum Areas A, B, C, D.2.a, and E 42
See VSU Core Curriculum, to include:
Area A:
MATH 1113Precalculus3
Area C:
Foreign Language3
Area D.2.a:
MATH 2620Statistical Methods3
or MATH 2261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
BIOL 1107KPrinciples of Biology I4
CHEM 1211Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 1211LPrinciples of Chemistry Laboratory I1
Core Curriculum Area F
Foreign Language 6
Science: 112-13
Biology Freshmen Seminar - Introduction to the Biological Sciences
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
History of the Life Sciences
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
Senior College Curriculum60
BIOL 3200Introductory Genetics3
BIOL 3250Ecology and Evolution4
BIOL 4900Senior Seminar1
Biology Electives 216
Upper-level math or science sequence (not biology)6
Foreign language 33
General Electives (9 hours of upper-level required)26
Carry-over from core 1
Total hours required for the degree120

One hour transfer to senior curriculum. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all BIOL, CHEM, and MATH courses.


3000-level and above (but not BIOL 4830, BIOL 4840, BIOL 4850)    

BIOL 4950 limited to 3 hours    

Three courses with labs required


12 hours of a single foreign language required