Interim Co-Chair: K. Shane Broughton, Professor
Location: GRB 230
Undergraduate Degrees Offered
All bachelor’s degrees in Biology require a minimum of 120 semester credit hours and a minor of at least 18 semester credit hours of which a minimum of 6 semester credit hours must be upper division. Consult the minor department for any additional requirements.
For more information about the department, please visit the Department of Biology
webpage. For information about the teacher education program, please visit the Science Teacher Education
The Department of Biology is diversified so that students may select a curriculum that fits their choice of professions. These include a major in Biology, which provides preparation for Medical, Dental or Veterinary School; a major in Biology with Research Emphasis; or a major in Biology with preparation for a career in education. Students with emphasis in any of these areas are advised by a special advisor and should follow the specific recommendations outlined in the respective study plan. There is also the option to major in Biology in preparation for the Medical Technology Degree, which begins with courses in Biology for three years before entering a Medical Technology School. Please see the next section on the Medical Technology program.
The Department of Biology also offers a minor in Biology and in General Science, a Master of Science in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. For graduate offerings, please refer to the graduate catalog.
Biology Major with Research Emphasis (120 semester credit hours)
This option is open to undergraduate students who wish to gain knowledge and experience in performing biology laboratory research and plan to pursue a career in scientific research and/or biotechnology. They also may plan to pursue a masters-level or doctoral-level program in the sciences or attend a professional school. The advantage of this program is the requirement for at least three semesters of undergraduate research experience. Admission to this program is by application only. Students should have applied for admission to the program by the beginning of their Sophomore year. Application forms may be obtained from the departmental secretary.
During the first three years of the program, students complete their core requirements for the B.S. degree in Biology and their core requirements in Chemistry. Before the Junior year, students should have initiated a research project with a Biology faculty member. Students must complete three (3) semesters of undergraduate research and must be enrolled in BIOL 4983 each semester while involved in the research project. This project culminates in the Senior year with preparation of a publishable Senior Thesis. Additional required elective courses in Biology and Chemistry are selected through consultation with their Biology Department advisor.
Refer to the Graduate Catalog
for information regarding graduate courses.
Please see Admission
section of this catalog. The same standards for admission to the University apply to the Department of Biology.
A minor in biology requires 18 semester credit hours, six of which must be advanced.
General Science Minor
The minor in General Science requires 18 hours, six of which must be advanced. These must be divided among three of the following: chemistry, biology, physics, and science courses. If the major is biology or chemistry the hours must be divided between two of the remaining three.
McARTHUR, MERRY C., Professor of Biology. B.S., University of Minnesota, Duluth; M.S., University of Minnesota, Duluth; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University.
MILLS, NATHANIEL C., Professor of Biology. B.S., Western Kentucky University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.
UPHOUSE, LYNDA L., Cornaro Professor of Biology. B.A., Austin College; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder.
BERGEL, MICHAEL, Associate Professor of Biology. B.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
CONRAD-WEBB, HEATHER M., Associate Professor of Biology. B.S., Baylor University; Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus.
HYNDS, DIANNA L., Associate Professor of Biology. B.S., Hillsdale College; Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus.
MAIER, CAMELIA G., Associate Professor of Biology. B.S., University of Bucharest; M.S., University of North Texas; Ph.D., University of North Texas.
WESTMORELAND, SANDRA, Associate Professor of Biology. B.S., University of Houston; M.S., University of Texas at Arlington; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.
AVERITT, DAYNA L., Assistant Professor of Biology. B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Georgia State University; Ph.D., Georgia State University.
BROWER, CHRISTOPHER, Assistant Professor of Biology. B.S., Northeastern Oklahoma State University; M.S., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
GUMIENNY, TINA, Assistant Professor of Biology. B.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook.
HANSON, LAURA K., Assistant Professor of Biology. B.S., University of Washington; Ph.D., Cornell University.
AHMED, SHAZIA A., Laboratory Instructor of Biology. B.S., University of Karachi; M.S., University of Karachi; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.
FOREMAN, RETA S., Laboratory Instructor of Biology. B.S., Tarleton State University; M.S., Tarleton State University.