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.   The department offers professional preparation tracks to prepare students for further advanced study in medical, dental, veterinary, or physical therapy fields as well as programs to prepare students either for graduate work in a wide variety of biological sciences or for employment. In addition, the department has developed a focused track for persons who wish to pursue teaching at the secondary level. The biology curriculum offers diverse and integrated studies emphasizing the development of biological literacy and the fostering of student-faculty interaction in the classroom and in individual research projects.

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 general track for the B.S. degree in Biology at West Georgia is the appropriate one for any student who plans to pursue a graduate degree in any area of the biological sciences or for students who plan to seek employment in industry, government, or environmental laboratories. There is a great deal of flexibility in the choice of courses in biology, allowing students, with the guidance of their advisors, to develop a degree with a focus in various areas of biology, including cell and molecular biology, ecology and environmental biology, microbiology, physiology, immunology, marine and freshwater biology, just to name a few. Students are encouraged to contact the Biology Office for assistance in selecting the advisor best qualified to help each individual student with his or her particular interests and goals.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    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.

    Details

    • 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 courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • 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 for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    Click the link below to see a sample 4-year plan of the General B.S. in Biology degree.

    https://www.westga.edu/academics/cosm/biology/four-year-plans.php

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  • Faculty

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

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

    Application Deadlines

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: 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

    Contact

    biology@westga.edu
    678-839-6547

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    1. To develop a strong diversified backgrond in modern biology appropriate to the individual student goals. The anticipated outcome will be a student with an appreciation for the areas of modern biology and the inter-relatedness of these areas.
    2. To develop critical-thinking and problem based learning skills. The anticipated outcome will be a student with the ability to develop new ideas, to explore new areas of science or other academic endeavors, to design, implement, and evaluate scientific investigations, and to assess, interpret and understand data and its meaning.
    3. To develop the ability to communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats. The anticipated outcome will be a student who can organizae and present his or her scientific ideas in both written and oral formats.
    4. To educate the students in the areas of data generation and interpretation. The anticipated outcome will be a student who is capable of critically evaluating information so that it is useful for addressing questions in science.