The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide an excellent educational preparation in the pre-professional areas of study for students interested in medicine, dentistry and other allied health professions, or graduate study in biomedical sciences. The Department also prepares students for careers as Environmental Scientists and secondary school biology teachers. By providing a nurturing environment, the Department of Biological Sciences strives to help students reach their full potential and academic goals.
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology is awarded to students who complete the outlined program of study and meet the requirements of the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The department offers three areas of concentration: General Biology, Environmental Science and the 3+3 Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Medicine Track 1. The General Biology option provides pre-professional training for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health professions or other graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. The Environmental Science option prepares students for careers in monitoring, protection and conservation of the environment or graduate studies in environmental biology and environmental science areas. The 3+3 Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Track 1 option prepares students to become Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine within six years. Students complete three years at GSU and afterwards transfer to Logan University. For the 3+3 Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Track 1 concentration, Logan will accept students that have completed the Pre-Chiropractic Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Students who earn less than a 3.0, but at least a 2.75 or higher, and satisfy the core competencies may be eligible for admission to Logan. Upon the completion of the first year at Logan University, the student will return to GSU to receive the B.S. degree in Biology. At the conclusion of the sixth year Logan will award successful students the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
A total of 120 semester hours of course work is required to complete the requirements for each concentration area. Students who minor in biology are required to take a total of 18 credit hours. Courses needed to complete a minor in biology are BIOL 207, 207L, 302, 304, and 6 credit hours of BIOLOGY electives at the 200-level or above.
Campus Box 4211
Carver Hall, Room 138
Phone: (318) 274-2446/3739
Fax: (318) 274-3741
Dr. Dagne Hill
Interim Department Head
Phone: (318) 274-3739/2446