Biology BS/Comparative Biomedical Sciences MS

This program will prepare students well for a position as a technician or laboratory manager in the biological sciences. It would also prepare them for a Ph.D. in this field or veterinary school, if they are interested in doing veterinary research or biological research of animal populations. These students would have the advantage of working with veterinarians and other faculty with animal expertise.

Admission to Program

Biology majors may apply to the Double Dawgs program with Comparative Biomedical Science M.S. in the fall of year 3 of their undergraduate program. Students who meet the following eligibility requirements should submit documentation thereof to Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants should be on track to have completed at least 60 credit hours by the end of the semester for which they seek admission to the Double Dawgs Pathway.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Students may select a maximum of twelve credit hours of graduate-level courses from the following that can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

CBIO 8010 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
CBIO 8100 Advanced Immunology (4)
CBIO 8500 Biology of Parasitism (4)

GENE 8920 Nucleic Acids (3)

IDIS (CBIO/MIBO) 6100 Immunology (3)
IDIS (MIBO/POPH) 6450 Microbial Genetics and Genomics (4)
IDIS (MIBO/POPH) 6650 Introduction to Virology (3)
IDIS 8010 Advanced Studies in Infectious Diseases (4)
IDIS 8030 Parasites and Parasitic Diseases (3)
IDIS 8080L Advanced Molecular Techniques (3)
IDIS 8300 Advanced Immunology: Innate Immunology (3)
IDIS 8591 Advanced Concepts of Virology (3)

POPH 6050 Avian Diseases (3)
POPH 6110 Problems in Food Animal Infectious Disease (2)
POPH 6230 Problems in Epidemiology and Statistics (2)
POPH 6800 Avian Pharmacology and Toxicology (3)
POPH 7060 Avian Diagnostic Microbiology (3)
POPH (WILD) 7100 Principles and Management of Wildlife Diseases (3)
POPH 8050/L Avian Virus Diseases (3)
POPH (IDIS/MIBO) 8200 Molecular Virology and Experimental Design (5)

VPAT 7050 Fundamentals of Fish Disease and Pathology (3)
VPAT 7200/L General Animal Pathology (3.7)
VPAT 8020 Cellular Pathology (4)
VPAT (IDIS) 8150 Virology and Viral Pathogenesis (3)
VPAT (POPH) 8220 Avian Histopathology (3)

VPHY 7200 Principles of Pharmacology (3.1)
VPHY 5220/L Veterinary Toxicology (1.3)
VPHY 6090 Comparative Mammalian Physiology (3)
VPHY 6910 Introductory Toxicology (3)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

-BIOS 7010 Introductory Biostatistics I (3) or POPH 8310L Population Health Statistics (3)
-GRSC 8550 Responsible Conduct of Research (1)
-IDIS 8170 or VETM 8001 Research Communications (1)

One of the following journal clubs:
-IDIS 8250 Special Topics in Parasitology (1)
-IDIS 8540 Special Topics in Bacterial Pathogenesis (1)
-IDIS 8550 Special Topics in Immunology (1)
-IDIS 8590 Special Topics in Disease Intervention (1)
-POPH 8230 Special Topics in Population Health (2)
-POPH 8580 Current Topics in Wildlife Health (1)

One of the following seminar series:
-IDIS 8160 Seminar in Infectious Diseases (1)
-POPH 8150 Avian Medicine Seminar (1)
-VPAT 8140 Seminar in Veterinary Pathology (1)

Admission to Graduate Program

- At least 60 credits completed prior to the semester for which you are seeking admission.
- 3.5 or higher undergraduate GPA (including any graduate courses used to satisfy undergraduate requirements).
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty or staff who have interacted with the student in a research setting.
- Statement of purpose.

Program Advisor

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Biology B.S.
  • Department/College: Biological Sciences

Advising Contact

  • Name: Elizabeth Fuller
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1691
  • Address: 411 Biological Sciences

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Comparative Biomedical Sciences M.S.
  • Department/College: College of Veterinary Medicine

Advising Contact