School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Future Students
    Begin Your Journey at Berry

    » Admissions Home 

    » Academics Home 

    » Campus Life 


    Undergraduate Admission 

    Graduate Admission 

    International Admission 

    Transfer Admission 

    Athletics Recruiting 

    Financial Aid Information 

    Visit Campus 

    Information Request 

    Pay Your Deposit 

    Apply Online 

    VikingWeb Student Portal 

    Virtual Tour

  • Berry Students
    Student Services



    Campus Safety 

    Career Center 

    Computer Labs 

    Counseling Center 

    Dining Services 

    Disability Services 

    Health & Wellness 

    Jobs on Campus 

    Mail Services 

    Tech Support 


    The Writing Center 


    Academic Calendar 

    Academic Student Services 

    Campbell School of Business 

    Charter School of Education & Human Sciences 

    Evans School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences 

    School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences 

    Division of Nursing



    Honors Program 

    International Programs (Study Abroad) 

    Memorial Library 

    Research Scholarships and Programs 

    Student Life

    Dean of Students 

    Cage Center Info 



    Outdoor Recreation 

    Rome Area Info 


    Service Opportunities 


    Student Activities 

    Student Directory 

    Student Housing 

    Student Work 

    Viking Code Handbook 

    Viking Fusion 


    Enrollment & Financial Information

    Business Office 

    Financial Aid 


    Tuition and Fees

  • Alumni & Friends

    Visit the Berry Alumni Web Site 

    Alumni Accent Archives 

    Alumni Center 

    Event Calendar 

    Berry Magazine 

    Sports Info & News 

    Support Berry 

  • Parents & Family

    Parent Information 

    FAQ for Parents 



    Academic Programs 

    Academic Student Services 

    Berry News 

    Business Office 

    Campus Safety 

    Counseling Center 

    Dean of Students 

    Dining Plan 

    Financial Aid 

    Health & Wellness 

    Sports News & Info 

    Student Housing 

  • Faculty & Staff


    Business Office 

    Campus Safety 

    Event Calendar 

    Faculty & Staff Directory 

    Human Resources (VikingWeb) 

    Mail Services 

    Tech Support 

  • Quick Links

    Academic Calendar


    Admissions Application 


    Berry Kids Programs 

    BERRY Magazine 

    BOLD Program 


    Business Office 

    Campus Police 

    Campus Visit 

    Career Center 


    Chaplain's Office 

    Child Development Center 

    Commencement Information 


    Counseling Center 

    Cultural Events Requirements 


    Driving Directions 

    Elementary/Middle School

    Financial Aid 

    First-year Experience 

    Graduate of Education 

    Health and Wellness 

    Human Resources 

    Information Technology 

    Institutional Research 

    Instructional Technology 

    Interfaith Council 

    International Programs (Study Abroad) 



    Mail Services 

    Majors List 

    MBA Program 

    Multicultural Affairs 

    Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum 

    Outdoor Recreation 

    Pay Bill 

    Performing Arts 


    President's Office 


    Public Relations 

    Quick Facts 



    Residence Life 


    Student Activities 

    Student Orientation (SOAR) 

    Student Printing FAQ

    Student Work Experience Program 

    Sustainability and Environmental Compliance 

    Viking Code Handbook 

    WAC (Writing Across Curriculum) 

    Women's Studies 

    Writing Center 

Biology Curriculum

Ecology, biomedical research, genetics, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry are only a few of the careers you can pursue with a biology degree from Berry College. The program is designed for students interested in professional careers in research, teaching, and an array of other medical and scientific vocations. For those interested in medicine, Berry provides students with a premedical committee and advisor to help prepare students to take the necessary courses, obtain the right extracurricular experiences, prepare for the MCAT, and apply to medical school.

The Biology Major

Students may choose between two options:

Concentration I is designed primarily for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school in biology or the health sciences.

Concentration II is intended for those students who do not intend to pursue graduate or professional health fields; for example, secondary education, science journalism, double majors, or business minors. See the Berry College Undergraduate Catalogfor more information.

Biology Major Core Requirements (21 hrs.)

For either concentration, the program in biology requires a core of 21 semester hours of course work:

BIO 111 Principles of Cell Biology 3-2-4
BIO 202  Principles of Zoology 3-2-4
BIO 204  Genetics 3-3-4
BIO 215 Principles of Microbiology and Botany 3-2-4
BIO 305  General Ecology 3-3-4
BIO 490 Seminar in Biology 1-0-1

At least five additional elective courses, at the 200 level or above (at least 19 semester hours), are also required. Fifteen hours numbered 300 and above must be taken in residence. Within this block of courses students may select those subdisciplines that best suit their needs.

Berry does not offer a major or minor in marine biology; however, a number of courses in marine biology are offered through the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory(GCRL) in Mississippi during the summer term. Students may register for the courses as a transient student; two courses may used as electives toward the biology major at Berry. Berry College maintains an affiliation with GCRL.

Berry also maintains an affiliation with the Highlands Biological Stationin North Carolina. One course taken there as a transient student may be used with departmental approval, as a biology elective at Berry.

Additional Science and Mathematics Requirements (Conc. 1 and Conc. 2)

Concentration I is for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school in biology or the health sciences. In addition to the biology core and biology electives (above), students pursuing Concentration I must also complete:

Chemistry: 16 hours at the CHM 108 level or above. Chemistry minors are exempt from this requirement. Mathematics: 7 hours minimum. MAT 111 required; MAT 201 strongly encouraged.

Physics: 4 hours. PHY 111 or PHY 211 required; PHY 112 or PHY 212 strongly encouraged.

Concentration II is for students who have other interests in biology (i.e., secondary education, science journalism, double majors, business minors). In addition to the biology core and biology electives, students pursuing Concentration II must also complete:

Chemistry: 4 hours at the CHM 108 level or above. Chemistry minors are exempt from this requirement. Math and Science Electives: 5 courses taken from ANS, AST, BIO, CHM, EVS, GEO, MAT, or PHY. Only one of these may be chosen from the following: ANS 105, BIO 103*, BIO 105, BIO 106, BIO 108, or PHY 101. CHM 102 may not be used for this elective credit. In addition, at least 2 courses must be non-BIO courses. Students having a minor in secondary education may substitute EDU 499 for one of the science electives.

*BIO 103 may be counted as an elective if the biology major has not already completed BIO 111.

The Biology Minor

A minor in biology requires 19-20 hours, as follows:

BIO 111   Principles of Cell Biology 3-2-4
BIO 202  Principles of Zoology 3-2-4
BIO 215   Principles of Microbiology and Botany 3-2-4
AND one of the following
BIO 204  Genetics OR 3-3-4
BIO 305  General Ecology 3-3-4

Plus, one additional biology course at the 200 level or above.

Teacher Certification in Secondary-School Science

Students planning to become certified to teach biology in Georgia public secondary schools must complete a major in biology and a minor in 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 311WI (General Botany), or BIO 313WI (Forest Ecology), and PHI 358 (Bioethics) or PHI 359WI (Environmental Ethics). Other recommended courses include BIO 206, 303, 332WI, 341, 415, 482, and 483, and EVS 104. The student must be assigned an advisor in education in addition to a biology advisor.

The Environmental Sciences Major- Biology Concentration

Listed below are the requirements for the student planning a major in the environmental sciences with a concentration in biology. Each student must complete the core requirements, required number of electives, and the requirements for the area of concentration in chemistry (specified below). The EVS Program Web siteprovides more details about the program and course requirements for the other areas of concentration.

Core Requirements Environmental Sciences Major - Biology Conc. (41 hrs.)
EVS 104  Intro. to Environmental Sciences 3-2-4
EVS 405  Environmental Sciences Methods 2-4-4
EVS 490  Environmental Sciences Seminar 1-0-1
BIO 202  Principles of Zoology or  3-2-4
BIO 215   Principles of Microbiology and Botany 3-2-4
CHM 108  General Chemistry I 3-3-4
ECO 110  Principles of Economics I 3-0-3
GEO 101  Physical Geology 3-2-4
GOV 211  American National Government 3-0-3
MAT 111   Elementary Statistics 3-0-3
PHI 359WI   Environmental Ethic 3-0-3

Electives - non-science (8 hrs.)
Non-science electives, chosen from 8 hours
ANT 200 Cultural Anthropology 3-0-3
BUS 210 Legal Environment of Business 3-0-3
COM 301 Writing for the Mass Media 2-2-3
ECO 470 Environmental Economics* 3-0-3
GOV 207 Contemporary World Issues 3-0-3
SOC 355 Environmental Sociology 3-0-3
* Check catalog for prerequisites.

Area of Concentration in Biology Requirements (27 hrs.):
BIO 111  Principles of Cell Biology 3-2-4
BIO 305  General Ecology 3-3-4
BIO 405  Conservation Biology 3-3-4

Plus, a minimum of 15 hours of BIO courses at the 200 level or above.

The electives may include up to 2 courses from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory or the Highlands Biological Station. 
Copyright © 2013 Berry College • 2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW • Mount Berry, GA 30149 • (706) 232 5374
  Berry Home | Directions | Policies | Employment | Translations: Chinese | Español | Korean   
Follow us:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
Hide Berry Social Media Channel