The biological sciences include a wide range of disciplines that address the processes of life, all living organisms, their environments, and the actions and interactions of all living things. Biology has a rich history and an exciting future as it impacts ecology and the environment, medicine, biotechnology, and many other aspects of modern life. The Biology Department at West Georgia consists of men and women who are nationally and internationally recognized for their research accomplishments and excellence in teaching. The faculty enjoy interacting with students and teaching and, at the same time, offer opportunities for students to conduct cutting-edge research.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The professional preparation track is a more restrictive program that is designed to prepare students well for the entrance exams and performance standards of medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant programs. The curriculum requires those courses most necessary for the demands of these professional programs. The secondary education track is a restrictive degree program that ensures future teachers meet all state and national content standards for science.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses



    Core Area A: must include MATH 1113 or MATH 1634* (*1 hr moved to Area F) Core Area C: foreign language is recommended Core Area D: must include MATH 1634* (*1hr moved to Area F) unless completed in Area A, and PHYS 1111 & 1111L, or 2211 & 2211L, 1112 & 1112L, or 2212 & 2212L. Core Area E: PSYC 1101 or SOCI 1101 is recommended. Core Area F: MATH 2644 or MATH 2063 *General Restrictions: Students are allowed only one D in the courses used to satisfy the major. A maximum of 4 hours of research is allowed in the degree program. Must complete 6 hours of 3000/4000 level DSW-courses where at least one is a chemistry course.

    • SOCI-1101 - Introductory Sociology

      A survey of the discipline of sociology. Topics will include sociological theory, methods and selected substantive area. For more information on this institution's eCore courses, please see

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    Major Required

    35XX - Either CHEM 3510 or 3521 or 3522 will satisfy this requirement. **CHEM Electives (3000 or above): The following courses are not allowed as Chemistry electives: CHEM 3130, 3140, 4083. One of the following: CS 1300, MATH 2654, or MATH 3303, SPAN XXXX Recommended Minor(Biology, Psychology, Spanish): 15-18 total hours with minimum 9-12 hours at 3000-level or above

    • CHEM-4910L - Tools and Applications in Chemical Research and Practice

      Tools and Applications in Chemical Research and Practice is a 3 credit hour laboratory based course that introduces students to a research experience using a series of small-scale, multi-week research modules. This capstone course capitalizes on previous knowledge and skills from multidisciplinary chemistry courses and focuses on a narrow problem in a practical application. Each module begins with skill building activities followed by and in-depth exploration of one aspect of the problem allowing students access to research experiences as part of the mainstream curriculum.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    UWG Admission Deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application


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  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • Students will use concepts, principles, and knowledge to demonstrate mastery in at least three of the following four subject areas: 1. cell biology; 2. molecular biology and genetics; 3. organismal biology; 4. population biology, evolution, and ecology.
    • Students will use critical thinking skills or problem based learning skills to demonstrate mastery of the scientific method as it pertains to experimental design, data analysis, or interpretation of experimental data.
    • Students will communicate scientific information through the acquisition, organization, or presentation of scientific information in written form.
    • Students will communicate scientific information through the acquisition, organization, or presentation of scientific information in oral form.