Department of Biological Sciences

The Department assigns faculty to advise students in the program of their choice. Each student is assigned a personal advisor who is familiar with the particular program that the student chooses. Advisors help students plan their schedule of classes, help them keep up with requirements of various curricula, help them with applications to graduate or professional schools, and assist them with career planning. Students interested in any degree or pre-professional program are urged to consult frequently with their assigned academic advisor.

Undergraduate Majors and Concentrations Offered

Click a program title to view its Academic Map. Each Academic Map lists all courses required for the program and the suggested semester sequence. It also explains other requirements and provides additional information about the program.

Pre-Health Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers preparation for various health related professional programs including medicine, dentistry, medical laboratory sciences, dental hygiene, health information management, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Degrees in these health professions are award by professional schools such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Oxford, Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Mississippi State, or similar professional programs around the country. Most of these professional programs require a minimum of two years of college level courses as prerequisites; some require the completetion of a baccalaureate degree as well. The Department provides curricula which satisfy the entry requirements for these programs.

Admission to professional schools in the health fields is very competitive. If you are considering a career in a health-related profession, you must begin your planning early. Of course you will have to excel in the classes you take here at Delta State, but you will also need to learn about any additional requirements of the professional program you choose. Some programs require a satisfactory score on national standardized admission examination, such as the Medical School Admissions Test (MCAT), the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Some programs also require observation time (“shadowing”) with practicing health professionals (physical therapy, occupational therapy). You will need to become acquainted right from the begining with the sometimes complex procedure for applying to the professional schools you choose.

Various Delta State faculty specialize in advising students preparing for a health profession career. They are knowledgeable about the course requirements, but also about requirements beyond your classes. They are your best source of information on planning your pre-health curriculum in a way that will give you the best chance possible for being accepted into a professional school. Pre-health students are urged to consult frequently with the appropriate advisor for current information on entrance requirements for professional schools.

Click a program title to view its Academic Map. Each Academic Map lists all courses required for the program and the suggested semester sequence. It also explains other requirements and provides additional information about the program.

Pre-health professional programs

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Provisional Admission

Students entering Delta State University who declare a major offered through the Department of Biological Sciences are initially admitted with provisional status. Students who demonstrate satisfactory performance in their introductory science courses (as defined below) are granted full admission to the program. The intent of this policy is to insure that all students gain the basic knowledge and skills that are required for the level of scholarship expected from them in their advanced studies and in their future professions.

Full Admission

Full admission is granted upon satisfactory completion of the following introductory science courses:

BIO 100: Principles of Biology I
BIO 101: Principles of Biology II
CHE 101/103: General Chemistry I
CHE 102/104: General Chemistry II

Satisfactory completion is defined as having completed a course with a grade of C or better. Any grade below C must be removed by repeating the course and earning a C or better grade. Students should be aware that repeating courses may increase the time required for graduation.

When students fulfill these requirements, they are considered to be adequately prepared to continue with advanced courses and are granted full admission to the program. A student who has not been granted full admission will not be permitted to register for any upper division course in their major. Upper division courses are numbered 200 and above.

At the close of each semester, academic records are reviewed, and students are notified when they achieve full admission status. Students may check their status at any time by contacting their advisors or the division office.

Requirements for full admission also apply to students who transfer credit from other institutions. Courses equivalent to the introductory courses listed above must have been completed with grades of C or better to be accepted for transfer credit. Verification of transcripts should be completed prior to the start of the first semester of enrollment. Upon enrolling for the first semester, a transfer student whose transcript has not been verified will be given provisional status. When it has been verified that students have fulfilled the requirements, they will be granted full admission status. Enrollment in upper division courses will not be permitted until full admission status has been granted.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the graduation requirements stated in the University Bulletin, the Division requires satisfactory academic performance in all major courses. Specifically, this means that no grade below C in a required major course may be applied toward graduation.

Failure to maintain satisfactory academic standing

A student with full admission status who fails to maintain good academic standing will be placed on division academic probation. When students first receive a grade below C in an upper division major course, they will be warned that they are in danger of being placed on probation, and that the problem course or courses must be retaken. A student who fails to improve such grades to C or better within two semesters will be placed on probationary status and will not be permitted to advance in biology coursework until such time that all probationary problems have been corrected.

Master’s Degree Programs

The Department offers the following master’s degree programs for students desiring specialized training in the biological or physical sciences beyond the baccalaureate level.

  • Master of Science in Natural Sciences
    This degree offers the biological sciences emphasis for science teachers desiring advanced study primarily in biology and the physical sciences emphasis for those desiring advanced study primarily in chemistry. Both teaching oriented and research oriented options are available for the physical sciences emphasis.
  • Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies
    The is a 16-month online graduate degree program providing education and practice of GIS, advanced geospatial analysis, remote sensing, digital image processing and information extraction, photogrammetry, computer programing, etc.