Department of Biological Sciences
Degree and Pre-Professional Programs

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

The Department offers the following four-year degree programs. Each major offers several concentrations so that students can taylor their coursework to their interests and career goals.

  • Bachelor of Science degree, biology major
    for those desiring basic preparation for careers or graduate study in the biological sciences, for those planning to teach biology in secondary school, and for those preparing for professional school in health fields that require a baccalaureate degree.
  • Bachelor of Science degree, environmental science major
    for those desiring preparation for careers or graduate study in environmentally-related fields or in wildlife biology.

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Pre-Health Professions Programs

The Department offers preparation for various health related professional programs including:

medicine dentistry
physical therapy occupational therapy
optometry pharmacy
medical laboratory sciences dental hygiene
radiologic sciences veterinary medicine
cytotechnology health informatics and information management

Degrees in health professions are awarded by the professional schools where students enroll after completing their prerequisites at Delta State.

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Masters Degree Programs

The Department offers the following masters 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 one-year online degree program providing education and practice of GIS, advanced geospatial analysis, remote sensing, digital image processing and information extraction, photogrammetry, computer programing, etc.

Academic Advisement

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 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.

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