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In partnership with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, the College of Natural Sciences is excited to announce the fall 2017 launch Start-Up Science, a new science entrepreneurship program for CNS students.  

Through a two-course sequence, this program explores innovation and entrepreneurship in the sciences. Class participants will have access to:

  • Curated lectures centered on science and health entrepreneurship.
  • One-on-one mentoring from world-renowned entrepreneurs.
  • Guaranteed access to exclusive entrepreneurship workshops,speaker series, and more.
  • Tours of Austin-area start-up incubators.
  • Continuation of the two-course sequence in the spring with a focus on business plan development.
  • Ability to receive an entrepreneurship certification of completion upon finishing the two courses

Both courses satisfy two of the five course requirements for a new Entrepreneurship Minor (established Fall 2017).  

Course Details (may be taken in any order):

Fall: MAN 327: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (04878)

Monday & Wednesday from 1:00PM - 2:30PM in PAR 301


Spring: NSC 323: New Venture Mechanics (47088)

Monday & Wednesday from 8:00AM - 9:30AM in UTC 1.146


Questions? Contact Melissa Taylor: melissa.taylor[at]cns.utexas.edu.





Navigating entreprenurial resources across campus:

UT Austin has a diverse entreprenuership eco-system of courses, programs, events, speaker series, practicums, internships, and more. In fact, there are so many opportunities across campus, it can often be overwhelming or confusing when trying to determine the best place to start.  

Questions to consider if you interested in exploring entrepreneurship:


  • BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD: Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus hub for all things entrepreneurship.  They offer mentoring, advising, general information, and directions to resources across the univesrity. This is a great place to start if you're uncertain about where to begin.

Do you want to better understand the entrepreneurial process and terminology?

Consider the following introductory entrepreneurship course options:

  • CNS INVENTORS: Freshmen Research Initiative participants interested in translating research into societal impact can take this NSC 109 seminar.  Led by Dr. Timothy Riedel, this class is designed to demystify key industry and commercialization practices and empower students to engage in commercialization activities early in their undergraduate education. 
  • START-UP SCIENCE: In partnership with the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, CNS students can learn the basics of entrepreneurship and business plans in a two-course sequence: MAN 327 Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MAN 327E New Venture Mechanics.  Throughout this year-long course sequence, students will be exposed to entrepreneurial spaces, speakers, and start-ups outside of the classroom. 
  • LONGHORN STARTUP SEMINAR: A Fall semester lecture-based course that features prominent entrepreneurs telling the stories of how they founded their companies and answering questions from the students. Students get to pitch their idea to the class and participate in speed-dating events to meet potential co-founders and get advice from mentors. 
  • Many different and/or new courses are offered each semester on topics including social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, innovation and technology, global entrepreneurship, design thinking, intellectual property, and more.  For a complete list of entrepreneurship courses offered across campus, visit the Herb Kelleher Center site for Academic Opportunities

Are you seeking Mentorship or advice from an expert?

  • BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD: One-on-one coaching is availabale, free, and confidential for individuals or startups at any stage.  Visit the Launchpad on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center.
  • ENTREPRENEURS-IN-RESIDENCE: The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence brings highly successful entrepreneurs on campus to work with students seeking advice on launching their own entrepreneurial venture. 
  • TIDES ADVISING: Meet face-to-face with a supportive CNS staff member to determine how to best use campus resources based on your specific entrepreneurship interests and needs.  Weekly walk-in advising is available in PAI 3.04 on Tuesdays from 1-3pm and Thursdays from 10am-12pm.
  • HERB KELLEHER CENTER ADIVSING HERB KELLEHER CENTER ADVISING: Meet an HKC staff member to discuss sponsorship opportunities, business plan competitions, pitch facilitation, practicum opportunities, internship programs, and more.  By appointment only. 

Do you want to attend an entreprenurship-themed event?

Do you have an idea,  a business plan, and/or an expertise ready for a hands-on entrerprenuership practicum? 

University hubs for entrepreneurship:




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In Fall 2016, the university began offering a wide range of transcript-recognized minors. A transcript-recognized minor can support and enhance your major, provide an opportunity to explore something entirely different, and let you have a truly interdisciplinary college experience. These programs are offered in colleges across the university.

The BSA degree incorporates transcript-recognized certificates or minors into the 120 hours required for the degree. With careful planning, BS students may earn transcript-recognized minors that mostly fit into the hours required for their degrees.

NOTE:  All transcript-recognized minors will require an application for admission. See individual program websites for requirements and application procedures.  You will receive a Secured Academic Note (SAN) if admitted to the minor.  After receiving the SAN, contact your advisor for further assistance.

Transcript-recognized minors are only available under the 2016-2018 or later catalogs. Minor programs listed below are available in the 2016-2018 and 2018-2020 catalogs unless it states otherwise.




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