Integrative Biology

Learning about interconnected life, from plants to animals, from genes to ecosystems.

Understanding Life

Changes, Behaviors and Systems

With programs in ecology, evolution and behavior ranked among the nation’s top 10 and a strong network of biological research field stations, our biological scientists are leading the way in understanding and characterizing the rich diversity of life on our planet. The Department of Integrative Biology explores organisms that make up our world and the systems where they interact, falter and thrive. An interdisciplinary approach draws in connections with computing, neuroscience, infectious disease research and more.

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Biology & Environmental Science

Some biology specializations overlap closely with Integrative Biology, while others relate more to the Departments of Molecular Biosciences and Marine Science.

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All our biology options for undergraduates

Graduate studies related to integrative biology

We are taught to work collaboratively, but also expected to complete assignments and research independently.”

Isaiah Mitchell

Biology

For Majors

Experiences & Careers

Students of integrative biology and environmental science at UT secure internships, study abroad, conduct field research and start organizations. They go on to a wide range of careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors or do post-graduate study. Many enter jobs in healthcare, ecological research, bioinformatics or policy. Recent grads have job titles like:

  • Specimen accessioner
  • Forest engineer
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Toxicologist
  • Zookeeper

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In The Texas Scientist

Student Stories

Escape the Forty Acres and get into the field as you learn about integrative biology and environmental science, including in a Freshman Research Initiative research stream taught by award-winning faculty. Learn about modeling the spread of diseases, discover unique biodiversity in Texas at conservation-based research sites and study the evolutionary drivers of behavior.

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Learning at a biological field station

Finding what drives fish behavior

Study & Learn

An undergraduate degree in biology allows you to delve in depth into a concentration and to study the mechanisms of life. In addition to the degrees in biology, some undergraduates opt for the environmental science major. Graduate studies are available in ecology, evolution and behavior and plant biology.

Type
BSA
Academic Program

Biology

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 1

Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 2

Human Biology

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 3

Marine & Freshwater Science

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 4

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 5

Cell & Molecular Biology

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 7

Plant Biology

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 8 Composite

Teaching, Senior grades/Middle grades/All certifications

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 8 Life Science

Teaching, Senior grades/Middle grades/All certifications

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 9

Biology Honors

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 10

Computational Biology

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Biology: Option 12

Genetics and Genomics

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Environmental Science: Option 1

Biological Sciences

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
BS
Academic Program

Environmental Science: Option 2

Biological Sciences Honors

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
Type
C
Academic Program

Evidence and Inquiry

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

Evidence and Inquiry

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

Forensic Science

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

Marine Science

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

Pre-Health Professions

Non-Science Major Track. Students outside of the College of Natural Sciences only.

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

Pre-Health Professions

Science Major Track

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

UTeach-Natural Sciences Accelerated Track

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A
Type
C
Academic Program

UTeach Natural Sciences Secondary Teaching Option

Year of Entry
2022–2024
Requirements
What to Take When
N/A

Integrative Biology News

A sea otter feeds on a marine animal

Research

Otters, Especially Females, Use Tools To Survive a Changing World

A new study has found that individual sea otters that use tools — most of whom are female — are able to eat larger prey and reduce tooth damage when their preferred prey becomes depleted.

Oden Institute

Summer School on Quantum Materials

Students in a lecture hall discussing a problem and looking at laptop screens

Dell Medical School

Arbel Harpak: Pursuing the Next Frontier in Genetics

A scientist in white shirt stands in front of a sculpture made of aluminum canoes

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