May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology Major, B.S. (Biology Concentration)

Department Information

Department of Biological Sciences
PO Box 70703
Phone: (423) 439-4329
Fax: (423) 439-5958
Web Address:

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a major in biology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The major is designed for students who plan to enter such professions as biology, biochemistry, science education, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, conservation, and industry. Some of our courses may be appropriate for students in other fields of study who desire to acquaint themselves with the phenomena of living organisms. The Department offers the Master of Science in biology and participates in the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program through the Quillen College of Medicine. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Biological Sciences has a commitment to providing undergraduate students with the opportunity for involvement in research. Many faculty welcome undergraduate students into their research programs. Opportunities for receiving undergraduate credit for research include the following courses:


For students with less than 120 credit hours:

Last names A-P:  Liz Thomas-Joseph,, 423-439-5602

Last names Q-Z: Ashley Dickson,, 423-439-5602

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in biology should contact their advisor as soon as possible to discuss options and to ensure a timely graduation.

Additional Department Information
Credit for the following courses will not apply toward a major or minor in the department:

The department DOES NOT accept AP biology credit from high school.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Dhirendra Kumar, Interim Department Chair at or (423) 439-4329.

Biology, Biology Concentration

The student must complete the general education courses, non-biology science requirements, core biology courses, and courses of choice from the list provided. 

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

42 credits
Major Total Requirement 70-73 credits
     Major Core   (17 credits)
     Concentration   (32 credits)
     Non-biology Course Requirement   (21-24 credits)
Free Electives 4-8 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: Biology Major, B.S. (Biology Concentration)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

Compass Core Curriculum  

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen categories.

Major Specific courses listed in Compass Core Curriculum Requirements:

Total Requirements for Biology Major: 70-73 credits

Biology Concentration: 32 credits

Choose 32 credits from the courses listed below:

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 4-8 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.