Biology B.S.


The curriculum in biology provides students a fundamental knowledge of biology allowing them exposure to new, cutting edge areas of biological research. The biology degree prepares students to enter exciting and challenging careers in the many diverse and rapidly expanding areas of biological employment, including molecular biology, biotechnology, microbiology, science teaching, forensics, environmental biology, conservation and the health sciences (medical/dental school; veterinary, pharmacology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dosimetry, public health (microbiology), chiropractic, optometry, physician assistant, podiatry, cytotechnology and clinical laboratory sciences.) The biology program also provides courses for general education (university core) in the natural sciences to introduce students to science, biology, biological concepts and how these affect society. The Department of Biology also provides courses to support other university programs such as chemistry, education, kinesiology, criminal justice (forensics), pharmacology, and nursing. Excellence in teaching and faculty mentoring with students is of the highest priority in the Department. Many of the biology faculty have received UT System-wide and University-wide teaching excellence awards. Biology faculty have nationally and internationally recognized research programs in which students are highly encouraged to participate to prepare them for future studies at the graduate level and professional schools.

Biology High School Preparation

Students desiring a major in biology are expected to have a strong high school background in science and mathematics as well as to have good writing skills. Calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics are disciplines the student should have studied in high school. Students who have not had these studies in high school may have additional prerequisite courses as part of their curriculum. Contact the chair of the Department of Biology for information and advisement.


The following options are available to a student interested in biology:

  1. B.S. in Biology- 29 semester hours of Core Biology Courses (most of these courses require laboratory): General Biology I & II, Ecology, Cell Biology, Plant Morphology, Evolution, Scientific Communication I & II; 21 semester hours of Biology Electives chosen from the following: Vertebrate Natural History, Aquatic Biology, Biogeography, Ornithology, Herpetology, Conservation Biology, Entomology, Cell & Molecular biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Immunology, Genomics, Bioinformatics. Non-biology Courses required: Calculus I, College or University Physics I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry I. Statistics is required for many health professional schools (medical/dental/PA etc).
  2. Minor in Biology: General Biology I & II plus 12 upper-division hours for a total of 20 semester hours.
  3. Teacher Certification: See Teacher Certification in Life Science or Science.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 120

  1. University Core Curriculum—(42 hrs.)
  2. A grade of C or above in all required upper-division Biology courses attempted. 
  3. Lower division preparation (may be part of University Core) 20 semester hours:
  4. Required Biology courses (46 hours with a minimum of 16 upper-division hours at this university)
    1. Biology Core (29 hrs. - see list below)
    2. Biology Electives (15 hrs. - see list below)
  5. Additional courses required for the B.S. in Biology (12 semester hrs.)
    1. CHEM 3342/CHEM3143 and CHEM 3344/CHEM 3145 Organic Chemistry I & II (8 semester hrs.)
    2. CHEM 4334/CHEM 4135 Biochemistry (4 semester hrs.)
  6. Additional electives
    1. CHEM 3310/CHEM 3111 Analytical Chemistry or Math1342 Statistics

Biology Core (29 hrs.)

BIOL 1306General Biology I [TCCN: BIOL 1306]

BIOL 1106General Biology I Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1106]

BIOL 1307General Biology II [TCCN: BIOL 1307]

BIOL 1107General Biology II Laboratory [TCCN: BIOL 1107]

BIOL 3332Genetics

BIOL 3133Genetics Laboratory

BIOL 3336Ecology

BIOL 3137Ecology Laboratory

BIOL 3334Cell Biology

BIOL 3134Cell Biology Laboratory

BIOL 4114Scientific Communication I

BIOL 4115Scientific Communication II

BIOL 3338Biological Evolution

BIOL 3345Plant Morphology

BIOL 3146Plant Morphology Laboratory

(BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107: may be part of University core)


Biology electives (15 hrs.)

Must complete at least one course from each of the four groups.

Course with corresponding lab are counted as one course selection.

Group I

BIOL 4305Aquatic Biology

BIOL 4105Aquatic Biology Lab

BIOL 4331Entomology

BIOL 4132Entomology Laboratory

BIOL 4340Ornithology

BIOL 4141Ornithology Laboratory

Group II

BIOL 4300Microbiology

BIOL 4101Microbiology Laboratory

BIOL 4302Cell and Molecular Biology

BIOL 4102Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Group III

BIOL 4304Biogeography

BIOL 3329Genomics

BIOL 3350Conservation Biology

BIOL 4350Immunology

Group IV

BIOL 4335Vertebrate Natural History

BIOL 4136Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory

BIOL 3343Physiology

BIOL 3144Physiology Laboratory

BIOL 4306Bioinformatics

BIOL 4106Bioinformatics Lab