Biology/Science Education - B.S., B.S.Ed.


Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major


I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S
ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H or ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103

*MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H is required for this major.

II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H and CHEM 1311L)*

*(CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H and CHEM 1311L) is required for this major.

Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 2107H and BIOL 2107L )*

*(BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 2107H and BIOL 2107L ) is required for this major.


III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): PHYS 1111-1111L or PHYS 1112-1112L*

*PHYS 1111-1111L or PHYS 1112-1112L is required for this major


IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
Preferred Course(s): Foreign Language recommended.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
Preferred Course(s): See Franklin Literature and Fine Art/Philosophy/Religion Requirements.

V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): See Franklin Social Science Requirement
(HIST 2111 or HIST 2112) and POLS 1101


Area VI
(CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H and CHEM 1312L)
(CHEM 2211 and CHEM 2211L) or (CHEM 2311H and CHEM 2311L)
EDUC 2110 or EDUC 2110H
EDUC 2120 
EDUC(EPSY) 2130 or EPSY 2130H

If any courses above have been used to satisfy other areas of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. Students are strongly urged to contact the Biology program or Franklin College advisors when selecting Core courses.

Note: Biology requires individual review of non-equivalent transfer courses before they can be used to satisfy Area VI and Major Requirements.

Note: A grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required in all science and professional education courses.

*Beginning July 1, 2019, all teacher education candidates must have a grade of B or higher in the exceptional children course requirements for certification.  

Entrance Requirements
1. Completion of Core Areas I-V. Completion of (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H and CHEM 1312L) or MATH 2260 and PHYS 1111-1111L or PHYS 1211-1211L (courses can be in progress) with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.

2. Passing score on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or exempt the GACE Program Admissions Assessment with one of the following:
        a. Combined minimum SAT score:

For SAT score reports dated prior to July 1, 2019:

  • 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math, OR
  • 1,000 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math
For SAT score reports dated on or after July 1, 2019:
  • 1,080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing AND Math
        b. Combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores)

3. Overall GPA of 2.0 (0-30 semester hours); 2.1 (31-60 semester hours); 2.2 (61-90 semester hours); 2.3 (90+ semester hours).

Science Education Application:  

Note: After initial entry, an additional process is required for admission to the block program (professional coursework sequence); which includes a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

All teacher education candidates are required to have a GaPSC pre-service certificate prior to beginning field experience. Click on the link for the Pre-Service Requirements and instructions:

For teacher certification completion, see below.

Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.

Major Electives (6 hours)

Choose two or more courses from the approved list from different departments: (6 hours)

ANTH(ECOL) 4210L/6210LENTO 4000/6000-4000L/6000L
ANTH(BIOL)(ECOL)(ENTO)(PBIO) 4260/6260-4260L/6260LFDST(MIBO) 4030/6030-4030L/6030L
ANTH 4790/6790FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4300/6300
BCMB 3100FISH(ECOL) 4360/6360
BCMB 3433FISH 4500/6500
BCMB 3600FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4550/6550-4550L/6550L
BCMB 4010/6010GENE 3000-3000D
BCMB 4020/6020GENE 3200-3200D
BCMB 4030L/6030LGENE 3210L
BCMB(CHEM) 4110/6110GENE 4200/6200
BCMB 4120/6120GENE 4210L
BCMB 4130GENE 4220L
BCMB(ENTO)(BTEC) 4200/6200GENE 4230L
BINF(PBIO) 4550/6550GENE 4300/6300
BIOL 3110LGENE 4500/6500
BIOL 3710LGEOG(PBIO) 4220/6220
BIOL 3720LGEOG(PBIO) 4240/6240
BIOL 4910IDIS 3100
BIOL 4960MARS 3450-MARS 3450L
BIOL 4960RMARS 3550
BIOL(CBIO)(VPAT) 5040/7040MARS(PBIO) 4160-4160L
BIOL(CBIO) 5050L/7050LMARS 4200/6200
BTEC(BCMB)(PBIO) 4000LMARS 4500/6500
CBIO 3000-3000LMARS(MIBO) 4620/6620
CBIO 3200LMARS 4810/6810
CBIO 3400MIBO 3500
CBIO 3410LMIBO 3510L
CBIO 3600MIBO 4090/6090
CBIO 3800MIBO(POPH) 4220/6220
CBIO 3800LMIBO 4300/6300
CBIO(MIBO)(IDIS) 4100/6100-4100D/6100DMIBO(POPH)(IDIS) 4450/6450-4450L/6450L
CBIO 4200MIBO 4500/6500
CBIO 4200HMIBO 4600L/6600L
CBIO 4340/6340MIBO 4680/6680
CBIO 4500/6500MIBO 4700/6700
CBIO(PBIO) 4600/6600MIBO 4710L/6710L
CBIO 4730/6730PATH(ANTH)(PBIO) 3010
CHEM(BCMB) 4190/6190PATH(PBIO) 4200/6200-4200L/6200L
CRSS(HORT)(ECOL) 4590/6590PBIO 3270
CRSS(MIBO) 4610/6610-4610L/6610LPBIO 3600
ECOL 3100-3100LPBIO 3660L
ECOL 3220PBIO(CRSS) 4500/6500
ECOL 3500-3500LPBIO(GENE)(PATH)(BINF) 4510/6510
ECOL 3505H-3505LPBIO(ECOL) 4520/6520
ECOL(BIOL) 3510PBIO 4640/6640-4640L/6640L
ECOL 3530PBIO 4650/6650-4650L/6650L
ECOL 3880HPBIO(ECOL) 4750/6750
ECOL 4000/6000POPH(MIBO)(IDIS) 4650/6650
ECOL 4010/6010POPH(MIBO) 4651
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050LPOUL(BIOL) 4060/6060
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070LPSYC 4120
ECOL 4130LPSYC 4130
ECOL(BIOL) 4150/6150-4150L/6150LPSYC 4140
ECOL 4160PSYC 4150
ECOL(MARS) 4225-4225LPSYC 5750/7750
ECOL 4240-4240LPSYC 5770/7770
ECOL(FISH)(WASR) 4310/6310-4310L/6310LPSYC 5850
ECOL(BIOL)(MARS) 4330/6330-4330L/6330LVPAT 4000/6000
ECOL 4500/6500VPHY 3100
EHSC(FDST)(MIBO) 4310/6310-4310L/6310LWILD(ECOL) 3580- WILD(ECOL) 3580L
ENTO 3140-3140LWILD(ECOL) 4040/6040-4040L/6040L
ENTO 3645WILD(BIOL) 4050/6050- WILD(BIOL) 4050L/6050L
ENTO 3650-3650LWILD(ECOL) 4060/6060-4060L/6060L

Note: Only four research hours can count towards the required hours in the major.

Program Completion Requirements for Teacher Certification:
To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for an Induction Certificate in an initial educator preparation program, you must complete the following assessments:

  • Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Exit Assessment
  • GACE content Assessment
  • edTPA
  • Complete all Foliotek requirements if your program requires you to have an account
  • Complete COE Exit Survey
  • Complete Child Abuse and FERPA Training

For detailed information on the teacher certification requirements, visit

(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)