Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Dr. James Mauseth, Faculty Advisor
This degree provides a well-rounded education in both the liberal arts and natural sciences. The Bachelor of Arts permits students to take advanced courses from a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, physiology, ecology, animal biology, plant biology, and microbiology. The emphasis on a balanced program of study enables students to explore additional academic interests from across the University. This degree prepares students for a variety of careers including, but not limited to, the health professions, business, law, and academia.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option 1: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior)
Dr. Molly Cummings, Faculty Advisor
This option provides students with an education in ecological studies and biodiversity, and also emphasizes field experience. The degree requires courses in genetics, ecology and evolution, as well as at least one advanced course in cellular or molecular biology, physiology/behavior and biodiversity. Students have the option of tailoring their course and lab requirements in some of these areas to emphasize animal, plant, or ecological studies. Graduates may take positions with government agencies, enter consulting firms, or continue with graduate studies for an academic career at colleges, universities, museums, or other research organizations.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option II: Human Biology)
Dr. James Bull, Faculty Advisor
Although the title might indicate a focus on the biology of the human body, the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology actually has a much broader emphasis. Students in this degree plan receive an interdisciplinary education about the relationship between biology and society. This option requires 32 semester hours of core studies in a variety of areas within biology, including cellular and molecular biology, physiology, and ecology/evolution. In addition, the student takes 15 semester hours in one area of specialization such as genetics, health and disease, human impact on the environment, or urban development. The different options for specialization allow students to tailor their educational goals for a future in administration, law, public affairs, or health. Learn more about the Human Biology degree.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option III: Marine and Freshwater Biology)
Dr. Kenneth Dunton, Faculty Advisor
This option requires a broad range of biology, geology, chemistry and marine science courses and requires a summer of field study at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The student takes upper-division course work in the physiology, diversity, and ecology of aquatic organisms. Learn more about the Marine and Freshwater Biology degree.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option IV: Microbiology)
Dr. Rasika Harshey, Faculty Advisor
After completion of introductory microbiology and other core courses, students in this option study the structure, growth and metabolism, physiology, and genetics of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and the diseases that they produce. Students also study how the vertebrate immune system works to combat those diseases. Micro majors take courses that explore how cells receive signals from their environments, how cells adjust to read different sets of genes, and how cells can be genetically engineered. Other topics of study include public health, tumor biology, yeast cell biology, and molecular biology. This option prepares students for a variety of careers, including business, law, biotechnology, medicine, public health, or research.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option V: Cell and Molecular Biology)
Dr. Enamul Huq, Faculty Advisor
While the required lecture and laboratory courses emphasize molecular and cellular biology, other required areas of study, such as genetics, evolution and developmental biology or microbiology, provide students with several elective options within these fields. Students in this degree also have the option of pursuing individual research for course credit. This degree requires 28 semester hours of chemistry, including a year of biochemistry and a year of physical chemistry. Thus, a student considering this option needs to be competent in both mathematics and the physical sciences. A student pursuing this option is qualified, upon graduation, to attend medical or graduate schools to obtain a PhD. Alternately, the student may simply work in a research laboratory or attend law school.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option VI: Neurobiology)
Dr. John Mihic, Faculty Advisor
This new degree addresses the increasing student demand for more undergraduate courses in neurobiology and for more interdisciplinary preparation in neuroscience. The student in this option completes biology core courses in cell and molecular biology, evolution, development and physiology. Students may also take intensive courses in computer science, biochemistry, and neuroscience, learning about such issues as addiction or behavior. Many students in this degree option have plans to continue in biological research or medicine.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option VII: Plant Biology)
Dr. Alan Lloyd, Faculty Advisor
The Plant Biology option provides students with an education in all aspects of plant biology including evolution, physiology, ecology, molecular biology, genomics and development. The Plant Biology option prepares students for a variety of career paths including graduate school, medicine, business, biotechnology, museum work, work with resource management or other public agencies, or law. Careful selection of plant biology courses and electives will prepare students in one or more sub-disciplines of their choice. For example, training in plant biochemistry and molecular biology can be useful in pharmacology/drug discovery and design, as well as in preparation for graduate study. Similarly, training in ecology and evolution is excellent preparation for a career in conservation biology or graduate study in either of those fields. Most Plant Biology undergraduates work directly with faculty to perform independent field or laboratory research for credit. A student takes at least 24 semester hours of upper-division courses in plant biology, including extensive course-related laboratory work. Learn more about Plant Biology at UT.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option VIII: Teaching)
Dr. Ruth Buskirk, Faculty Advisor
This option incorporates the UTeach program requirements for secondary school certification in biology and includes early experience with observing and teaching lessons in public schools, completion of professional development courses, and student teaching. The student has a broad training in biology, including cell biology, microbiology, genetics, evolution, physiology, with both laboratory and field experience required, as well as course work in geology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. View degree requirement information at the UTeach website.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option IX: Honors)
Dr. Shelly Payne & Dr. Arturo De Lozanne, Faculty Advisors
This option is an interdisciplinary honors program in Biology. It requires an application process and a research based thesis. Dean's Scholars is the most selective honors program at UT for which freshmen are eligible. The program brings together a group of science students with similar interests and similar talents. Students are advised in the Dean’s Scholars Advising Center in PAI 3.04F. Learn more about the Dean's Scholars Honors Program.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option X: Computational Biology)
Dr. Claus Wilke, Faculty Advisor
Mathematical biology, computational biology, and bioinformatics have exploded in recent years thanks to large and increasingly complex biological data sets, advances in nonlinear dynamics, and an increasing appreciation for the utility of models, and there is an urgent need for integrative education at an early stage. This new degree plan in Computational Biology is designed to give these students both a comprehensive biology curriculum and an essential foundation in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. Graduates will be highly competitive for quantitative jobs in the biotechnology industry and top-tier medical and graduate schools.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
Dr. Leanne Field, Faculty Advisor
This is a specialized degree that prepares students for a career in Clinical Laboratory Science (medical technology). A degree in MLS provides students with specific training in biology and chemistry, including courses in microbiology, immunology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. In this pre-professional program, after completion of 100 semester hours of course work (about 3 years) in residence at UT Austin, the student enters a school of clinical laboratory science accredited by the National Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) for an additional year of professional training away from UT. Upon successful completion of the training program and approval of the faculty advisor, the student is awarded the degree and is eligible for national certifying examinations administered by the National Certifying Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel (NCA) and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Learn more about Medical Laboratory Science.