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Biology Degree Options

If you’re science-minded, interested in studying life at the microscopic level, and like doing research to improve the quality of life, biology could be the major for you. At Emory, you’ll learn—and have opportunities to apply—cutting-edge theory and practice in classrooms, labs, and in the field.

Developments in biology are changing our lives daily with new medical and commercial applications. While many biology students are on the pre-med track for their career plans, biology students are well prepared to make an impact through industry, medicine, or academics.

Suggested Tracks/Course Schedule

These are general plans intended to help you discuss your individual schedule with your academic advisor.
There are a number of other factors that may affect your plan, such as AP Math or AP Chemistry credit, pre-med/pre-health career plans, summer plans, and the quality of your high school Biology class.
For advising purposes only, the Department of Biology offers three tracks for the biology major – Integrative Biology, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. 


Suggested Tracks

Declaring a Major

As a student, you are required to choose a major by the end of your second year.  However, you may do so as early as the second semester of your freshman year. 
To declare a major in Biology:
  •  Fill out and submit the online Declaration of Major/Minor (DOM) form (found on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) website.
  • Ms. Barbara Shannon will contact you via e-mail to provide you with your Biology faculty advisor assignment and additional Biology major information.


  1. The Declaration of Major/Minor form is accessible in OPUS under the Course Planning and Enrollment Tile.
  2. The OPUS form will display your current academic plan, and you may request to add or remove a major, minor, or concentration from that page.
  3. Your request is subject to department review. Within 24 hours, you will receive an automated email with guidance on contacting the appropriate undergraduate staff member for next steps. 
  4. If you have any questions about the form or the process, please contact