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Department of Biology
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Jackson State University’s degree options in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies, as well as for entering the job market. Students can elect to specialize in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Pre-Health Careers(Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, etc.), or Pre-Health Career Prerequisites (Pre-Dental, Hygiene, Pre-Nursing).

Undergraduate Program Overview


To provide quality education to its diverse undergraduate and graduate students in fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary areas of the chemical sciences. To carry out corresponding research activities leading to scientific discovery by its faculty, research personnel, and students. To use chemistry knowledge and technology to serve its surrounding and international communities.

  • To provide students with high quality educational programs with knowledge necessary for success in graduate school, professional school, and industrial or government entities.
  • To maintain excellent research programs.
  • To provide services to the community and the state.
  • To promote the professional growth and development of the faculty.

The Department of Chemistry offers the Bachelor of Science degree with American Chemical Society Certification with concentrations in Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science. Pre-professional programs in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-chemical engineering may be completed within the Bachelor of Science degree.


JSU Chemistry graduates will have:

  • Outcome A: the ability to apply basic chemistry knowledge in all five modern chemistry areas to identify, formulate, and solve chemistry problems
  • Outcome B: the ability to design and conduct chemistry experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data and results in qualitative and quantitative terms.
  • Outcome C: the broad education necessary to understand the contemporary issues and impact of the chemical sciences in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Outcome D: the ability to research chemistry topics, write research reports, and give oral and poster presentations on that topic.
  • Outcome E: the foundation of chemistry knowledge to perform satisfactorily on national standardized tests including pre-professional tests.
  • Outcome F: the ability to communicate effectively through written work and oral presentations.
  • Outcome G: the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Outcome H: recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Outcome I: the ability to apply basic knowledge of mathematics, biology and physics in situations encountered by a chemist.
  • Outcome J: the ability to appreciate new discoveries in chemical aspects of medicinal, health, environmental, and life sciences.
  • Outcome K: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.


Summary of BS in Chemistry Programs (For details of the curriculum requirements, please click here):

  • Certified by the American Chemical Society: This is the most rigorous chemistry curriculum aiming at preparing students for graduate study and research or a career in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Pre-med, dental, and pharmacy: To prepare students for professional schools
  • Concentration in Environmental Science: To prepare students for environmental science related job
  • Concentration in Biomedical Science: To prepare students for a research career in biomedical sciences
  • Concentration in Forensic Chemistry: To prepare students for forensic investigation related jobs
  • BS in Chemistry Teacher Certification: To prepare high school teachers through the alternative certification route.


You will gain a wide education in biology, learning about everything from molecular structure in the lab to ecosystems in the outdoors.
You will build leadership, management and many other skills while in the program. After completing all of your degree and training requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In addition to general course work, you will choose a concentration focusing on your area of interest and career goals. For those hoping to pursue medicine or other health professions, you will learn about the structures and functions of tissues and organs in humans and other animals as well as molecular and cellular biology. Beyond your classroom and lab work, you will also have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on real-world research using the latest technology, all as a student at Jackson State University.


After completing the program, you will understand the basic biological principles, think logically and communicate clearly within the field and to other researchers, become conscious of social problems relevant to life sciences, prepare for careers in the life sciences, teaching, and graduate studies, provide a strong pre-professional foundation for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, dental hygiene, medical technology, nursing, and medical records administration, and engage in basic and applied research that benefits the local and scientific community, 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. The diverse 


Biology majors have a plethora of career options after studying the molecular nature, physiological mechanisms, evolution, and physical structure of life and living organisms:

Biologist Botanist Zoologist Registered Nurse
Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist Pharmacologist
Biology Teacher Environmental Scientist Quality Control Technician Agricultural Technician
Biomedical Engineer Hydrologist Medical Manager Physician Assistant
Genetic Counselor Legal Specialist Microbiologist Game/Fish Warden
Surgeon Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Occupational Therapist Veterinarian


For many years, we have played a central role in the growth of molecular life sciences and revolution in computational biology.

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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2586 or submit your questions and requests to  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



John A. Peoples Science Building, Room 335


(601) 979-2586

Mailing Address

Jackson State University,
Department of Biology,
1400 J.R. Lynch St.,
P.O. Box 18540, Jackson, MS 39217