Academic Majors & Minors
- Students can declare a major/minor during, or after the second semester of their freshman year. Students should declare a major/minor no later than the end of the sophomore year.
- No more than 2 concentrations allowed, either:
- 2 majors OR
- 1 major and 1 minor OR
- 1 major
- Maintain at least a C (2.0) average in any major or minor.
- Only one (1) undergraduate degree may be earned from Emory.
Major in Biology BA
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The BA degree requires at least 38 credit hours, including a minimum of eleven biology classes totaling 30 hours. These eleven biology classes must include:
Biology 141 and Biology 141L plus Biology 142 and Biology 142L
One course from each of the following three areas: A) cell and molecular biology, B) organismal biology, and C) ecology/evolution
Four elective classes (12 credit hours minimum) from the biology course listings (excluding Biology 120, 160, 190, and 497), no more than one of which is cross-listed and originates in another department (see NOTES below).
One upper level laboratory course is also required within the 30 hours minimum of biology.
Chemistry 150 (+150L) and 202 (+202L) are also required.
Biology 141, 141L, 142 and 142L are prerequisites for all upper level courses in biology except Biology 240, which can be taken with AP credit for Biology 141 and concurrently with Biology 141L.
A "C" average is required in the Biology and Chemistry classes necessary for the major.
All courses required for the Biology major must be taken for a letter grade.
Only one cross-listed course that originates in another department may be counted for the biology major. These courses are subject to change, and currently include: Biol/Psych 320, Biol/Psych 325, Biol/Chem 330, Biol/ENVS 345, Biol/Chem 346L, Biol 356/NBB 358, Biol/NBB 361, Biol 385 (Phys 380/NBB 370), Biol/Psych 440, and certain Biol 285, 385, and 485 courses. This also applies to certain ECS 490 courses with biological topics (check with the Biology Department office)
2 credit hour courses may be taken for elective credit; however, additional biology courses will be needed to fulfill the 12 hours of elective credit required.
4 credit hours of Biology 495 (Honors Research) or Biology 499R (non-Honors Undergraduate Research) may be counted as both elective credit and an upper-level lab only after completion of the second semester of 495 or 499R.
An AP score of 4 or 5 on the Biology AP exam, or an IB score of at least 5, will exempt students from Biology 141 only. Biology 141L, Biology 142 and Biology 142L will still be required. It is also recommended that transfer students without a Genetics class enroll in Biology 142.
All Biology majors are required to meet with their Biology advisor every semester during pre-registration. An enrollment hold is placed on all Biology major’s OPUS accounts each semester until they have met with Biology advisor.