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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1101

English Composition 1

3
A2: MATH 1113

Precalculus

4
F: CHEM 1211 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry 1

4
XIDS 2002

First-Year Seminar

2
B1, C, OR E 3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1101 and CHEM 1211/1211L with a C or better.
  • Complete MATH 1113 with a C or better.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
A1: ENGL 1102

English Composition 2

3
BIOL 1110

Biological Diversity

3
F: CHEM 1212 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry 2

4
B2: Institutional Options 1/2
D2: Math, Science, and Quantitative Technology 3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1102 and CHEM 1212/1212L with a C or better.
  • For CHEM 1212/1212L, Grade of B or better required to enroll in CHEM 2411/2411L.
  • Options for D2 are MATH 1401 or 1634.

16 Fall Credit Hours + 14-to-15 Spring Credit Hours = 30-to-31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
F: BIOL 2107 + Lab

Principles of Biology 1: For BIOL Majors

4
CHEM 2411 or 2455 + Lab

Organic Chemistry 1 or Principles of Organic Chemistry

4
B1, C, OR E 3
B1, C, OR E 3

Milestones:

  • Complete BIOL 2107/2107L with a C or better.
  • Complete CHEM 2411/2411L with a C or better.
  • CHEM 2411/2411L: Required to enroll in CHEM 3422/3422L.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
F: BIOL 2108 + Lab

Principles of Biology 2: For BIOL Majors

4
CHEM 3422 + Lab

Organic Chemistry 2

4
B1, C, OR E 3
B1, C, OR E 3

Milestones:

  • Complete BIOL 2108/2108L with a C or better.
  • CHEM 3422: take if a graduate or professional school requirement.

14 Fall Credit Hours + 14 Spring Credit Hours = 28 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
D1: Science + Lab

(Non-science major options)

4
B1, C, OR E 3
Elective 0/3

Milestones:

  • Complete 7 or 8 of 39 hours of the 3000/4000 requirement.
  • Complete 2 of 8 courses required for BIOL major.
  • D1 is PHYS 1112 + Lab section for Pre-Professional (may subs PHYS 2211+Lab section with pre-req MATH 1634).

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
D1 OR Elective

3000/4000 level Elective course

3/4
B1, C, OR E 3
Elective 0/3

Milestones:

  • Complete 19 or 20 of 39 hours of the 3000/4000 requirement.
  • Complete 4 of 8 courses required for Bio major.
  • Complete core requirements.
  • D1 is PHYS 1112 + Lab section for Pre-Professional (may subs PHYS 2212 + Lab section with pre-req PHYS 2211/2211L)

15-to-16 Fall Credit Hours + 15-to-16 Spring Credit Hours = 30-to-32 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3/4
Elective 3
Elective 0/3

Milestones:

  • Complete 30 or 32 of 39 hours of the 3000/4000 requirement.
  • Complete 6 of 8 courses required for BIOL major.
  • Complete 1 of 2 DSW requirements.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 4984

Senior Biology Seminar

1
BIOL Course

3000/4000 level BIOL course

3
Elective
3000/4000 level Elective course
3/4
Elective 3/4
Elective 3

Milestones:

  • Complete 39 of 39 hours for the 3000/4000 requirement.
  • Complete 8 of 8 courses required for BIOL major.
  • Complete 2 of 2 DSW requirements.

14-to-16 Fall Credit Hours + 14-to-15 Spring Credit Hours = 28-to-31 Credit Hours

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Become familiar with the Library, Momentum Center, and Student Support Services that are available.
  • Take A1, Chemistry (CHEM 1211/1211L and CHEM 1212/1212L), and Biology (BIOL 2107/2107L, and 2108/2108L) Core Courses and BIOL 1110.
  • Attend your First Semester Advising Appointment and meet with your Academic Advisor and Biology Mentor.
  • Make an Academic Plan.

Middle Years:

  • Complete Core Area F in sophomore year.
  • Complete BIOL 3134, BIOL 3135 or 3234, and BIOL 3310 in sophomore year.
  • Establish your academic and undergraduate research concentration and certificate options.
  • Take required courses as they are offered.
  • Finish Core A through D.
  • Stay connected with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor and review your degree requirements to determine if you are on track to graduate.

Last Year:

  • Complete your research/internships.
  • Present your research at a research conference.
  • Finish your degree requirements.
  • Take BIOL 4984 (Senior Seminar).

Find Your Place

First Year:

  • Meet Biology Faculty and learn about their research, and scholarship opportunities.
  • Join a discipline-specific club (Biology Club, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Wildlife Club or Emerging Health Leaders).
  • Connect with other Biology Majors.

Middle Years:

  • Explore Internship and Faculty-Mentored Research opportunities in your sophomore and junior years.
  • Volunteer for a leadership position in a biology club.
  • Become an active participant and volunteer in the classroom, lab, field trips, and STEM outreach.
  • Attend a scientific conference.
  • Get involved in other clubs and professional societies related to your interests.

Last Year:

  • Become a Biology Ambassador.
  • Expand your professional network.
  • Apply for internships in local industries/agencies or apply to graduate programs.
  • Attend career fairs.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

  • Explore diversity, equity, and inclusion resources and opportunities across campus.
  • Learn to pay attention to and respect differing viewpoints and experiences in class.
  • Participate in an academic, cultural, or social activity/event.

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Do volunteer work in your field.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.
  • Attend career fairs and events.
  • Attend UWG sponsored events off-campus.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Year:

Last Year:

  • Register for and complete standardized exams (e.g., MCAT, GRE, etc.) for professional and graduate school applications.
  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with Office of Career and Graduate School Connections.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Participate in a ‘mock’/practice interview.
  • Apply for professional or graduate programs and/or career opportunities.

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