Undergraduate Program Objectives & Overview

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Department of Biology are as follows:

  • To develop the students’ understanding of the basic biological principles.
  • To help students think logically and communicate clearly.
  • To help students become conscious of social problems especially those relevant to the life sciences.
  • To prepare students for careers in the life sciences, teaching, and graduate studies.
  • To provide a strong pre-professional foundation for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing and medical records administration.
  • To engage in basic and applied research that benefits the local and scientific community;
  • To offer introductory biology courses to non-biology majors in order to fulfill their general education requirements.

Program Overview

The Department of Biology currently offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In addition to the general biology curriculum, the following pre-professional curricula are available:


Fall 2007 (Use this set of curriculum sheets if you started at JSU in July 2012 and anytime before)

Fall 2012 (Use this set of curriculum sheets if you started at JSU in August 2012 and anytime after)

The following two-year curricula in health careers are also available. Degrees are not awarded by JSU upon completion of these curricula: