What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Biology Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 678-891-3768

What Is Biology?

Biology is the science of life, from simple bacteria to complicated organisms. Biologists pursue a wide range of interests, among them researching diseases, exploring the evolution of organisms, modeling the complexity of ecosystems and examining the distribution of living organisms.

Why Study Biology?

Why do people get old and die? Why do seeds grow up, not down? How does injecting someone with a virus prevent them from catching it? Biologists learn the answers. Students of biology develop an understanding of how living things work and affect each other. They work to answer new questions about the natural world, whether it is about environmental impact or human health and well-being. Will building a new dam destroy a rare flower or increase populations of parasites? Where did the latest Salmonella outbreak originate? Why are some cancers resistant to chemotherapy? How do we make a vaccine for AIDS? Biologists perform research to discover answers to these questions, apply their research and teach the discoveries to a new generation.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Biology Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 678-891-3768

What Is Biology?

Biology is the science of life, from simple bacteria to complicated organisms. Biologists pursue a wide range of interests, among them researching diseases, exploring the evolution of organisms, modeling the complexity of ecosystems and examining the distribution of living organisms.

Why Study Biology?

Why do people get old and die? Why do seeds grow up, not down? How does injecting someone with a virus prevent them from catching it? Biologists learn the answers. Students of biology develop an understanding of how living things work and affect each other. They work to answer new questions about the natural world, whether it is about environmental impact or human health and well-being. Will building a new dam destroy a rare flower or increase populations of parasites? Where did the latest Salmonella outbreak originate? Why are some cancers resistant to chemotherapy? How do we make a vaccine for AIDS? Biologists perform research to discover answers to these questions, apply their research and teach the discoveries to a new generation.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

How much does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Program Highlights

“When I started to take classes at Perimeter College, I was timid and did not have a career goal set in mind. My interest in science started to form by taking science courses at Perimeter. Small-sized classes allowed me to better communicate with my classmates and professors, and gave me and my classmates the opportunity to build long-term friendships and mentorships with the professors, besides learning science. I am glad I chose Perimeter to start my college experience. I was not taught to memorize equations or principles, but I was taught to understand their basics and to be able to apply them. The ability to understand basic science allows me to explain and solve many cases in my current research.”

Nhat D. Quach
Perimeter College alumnus
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Georgia Tech
Doctoral Candidate, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
University of Georgia

Careers

Biology opens the door to a variety of careers and leads to roles such as:

    ·       Botanist
    ·       Ecologist
    ·       Food and drug inspector
    ·       Forensic scientist
    ·       Forestry management specialist
    ·       Geneticist
    ·       Immunologist
    ·       Marine biologist
    ·       Science or medical writer
    ·       Physician
    ·       Microbiologist
    ·       Nuclear medicine technician
    ·       Pharmacist
    ·       Public health administrator
    ·       Researcher
    ·       Veterinarian
    ·       Wildlife biologist
    ·       Zoo educator

Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ listings for biological scientists and other biology careers.

 

Pathway Details

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

9017 Biology Pathway

Recommendations

Area A:

  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3)

Area D:

  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • Required course: Any mathematics course not taken in Area A from the following choices: MATH 1070, MATH 1220, MATH 2201, MATH 2202, MATH 2211, MATH 2212 (or any higher-level math).

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (unless used to satisfy Area D requirements) (16):
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2108 Principles of Biology II (3) and BIOL 2108L Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)

Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:

  • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3)*
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3) * and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
  • BIOL 2500 Neurobiology and Behavior (2)*
  • BIOL 2800 Introduction to Molecular Biology (2)*
  • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 2400L Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 2410L Organic Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4)
  • MATH 2202 Calculus for the Life Sciences II (4)
  • MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4)
  • MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II (4)
  • MATH 2215 Multivariate Calculus (4)
  • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1)
  • PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics II (3) and PHYS 1112L Introductory Physics II Lab (1)
  • PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I (3) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1)
  • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1)
  • RSCH 1203 Research Strategies and Technology (1)
  • Students intending to pursue the B.S. in Biology at Georgia State University-Atlanta must complete the courses indicated (*) as follows: one of the two-semester physics sequences and any of the biology and research (RSCH) courses in the list as needed to complete Area F. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional guidance.
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations above (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

For the latest information about the required courses in the Biology pathway view the Associate-Level Undergraduate Catalog

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Contacts

Admissions
For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Dr. Carl McAllister
Department Chair of Life and Earth Sciences
cmcallister5@gsu.edu
678-891-3768

Alpharetta Campus

Science (LES and PS) Department
Contessa Paige
cpaige@gsu.edu
678-240-6037

Physical Sciences Department Chair
Dr. Solomon Fesseha
sfesseha@gsu.edu
404-413-2387

 

Clarkston Campus

Administrative Assistant
Jessica Reuter
jreuter1@gsu.edu
678-891-3766

Life and Earth Sciences Department Chair
Dr. Carl McAllister
cmcallister5@gsu.edu
678-891-3768

Decatur Campus

Science (LES and PS) Department
Linda York
lyork@gsu.edu
678-891-2600

Associate Chair for Science
Dr. Pamela Leggett Robinson
pleggett1@gsu.edu
678-891-2602

 

Dunwoody Campus

Life and Earth Sciences Department
Kris Chandler
kchandler@gsu.edu
770-274-5037 

Associate Chair for Life and Earth Sciences
Dr. Sheryl Shanholtzer
sshanholtzer@gsu.edu
770-274-5067

Newton Campus

Science (LES and PS) Department
Jill Heft
jheft@gsu.edu
770-278-1263 

Associate Chair for Science
Dr. Mike Sakuta
msakuta@gsu.edu
770-278-1268

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