About this Degree
The Biology major at UGA enables students to sample from the very broad and diverse range of learning opportunities in the biological sciences. Unlike some of the more specialized degree programs (e.g. Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Plant Biology) the biology major enables the student to sample broadly creating a unique program of study that best matches the student’s interests and abilities. Students are encouraged to participate in sponsored research experiences as well as to take advantage of many of the study abroad opportunities that UGA offers.
What you will learn
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in biology is a liberal arts degree with a concentration in the biological sciences. It is not a pre-professional degree, but it does prepare students for professional programs as well as for advanced degrees in the biological sciences. A major in biology is valuable because of the important role that biology plays in our everyday lives. An understanding of basic biological principles is crucial in interpreting the implications of environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, the impact of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement, the treatment of disease, forensic medicine, and legal and ethical issues associated with the above.
Other Academic Information
Scholarship and Award Information
This scholarship is available to support highly motivated undergraduate students in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or other life sciences, to engage in Science Policy research as a part of the Fall and Spring UGA Washington Semester Program. Applicants are evaluated based on review of 500-word, typed personal statement indicating why you wish to participate in the program in the area of science policy, resumé, academic transcripts, and an interview. Typically, one award is made annually. This program is made possible on account of the generosity of Drs. Jim Vaught and Irene Glowinski, who reside in the Washington D.C. area.
- BSURF (Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
- Vallis Scholarship
- Alexander (AJ) Jackson Memorial Scholarship
- The Barstow Scholarship for Biological Sciences (an OGE scholarship for Study abroad)
Possible Job Titles
For more information, please see the UGA Career Center.
|Raybiotech||North Atlanta OBGYN|
|SMC Corporation||Wells Fargo|
|Alpha Scientific||Northeast Sales Distributing|
|Crier Life||The University of Georgia|
|NOAA Corps||Medical Aid Supply House|
|Choice Care||Perimeter Orthopedics|
|Nuzhat, PC||Athens Regional Medical Center|
|Centers for Disease Control and||Prium|
|Prevention||University of North Georgia|
|Emory University||Babcock Dermatology|
Other Relevant Information
Undergraduates majoring in biology have the opportunity to enhance their learning through direct participation in research and scholarship. At UGA, these opportunities enable undergraduates to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking BIOL 4960 or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).
The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) has been established to support undergraduate research opportunities in the Division of Biological Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellowship provides financial assistance to a student who has not had an opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience (paid, volunteer, or for credit) since matriculating to The University of Georgia.