Bachelor of Science in Biology

Our bachelor's degree in biology is your first step toward an engaging career in the life sciences. During our four-year program, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of biology, chemistry, physiology, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology and cellular biology. The broad background provided by our bachelor's degree also is recommended for those seeking admission into medical, dental, veterinary or physical therapy programs.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120-121    
Major: 36 sch   Required Minor: 18 sch (Chemistry is the recommended minor)

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS      CIP Code: 26.0101  

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major

BIOL 1113Principles of Biology I3
BIOL 1111Principles of Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL 1123Principles of Biology II3
BIOL 1121Principles of Biology II Laboratory1
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar1
BACT 3111
BACT 3113
General Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
4
ZOOL 4241
ZOOL 4243
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
and Mammalian Physiology
4
BOT 2111
BOT 2113
Plant Biology Laboratory
and Plant Biology
4
BIOL 4811
BIOL 4813
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
4
BIOL 4821
BIOL 4823
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
4
BIOL 4223
BIOL 4221
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
Biology Elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours36

The courses remaining to satisfy the total of 36 semester credit hours requirement at the 3000 level or above may be elected from any Biology courses and would include the Chemistry below (fifteen additional semester credit hours in advanced semester credit hours are required.)

Additional Required Courses

CHEM 1113General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 1123General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1121General Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 2213Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 3223Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3221Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
4
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
4
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3
or MATH 2014 Calculus I
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II (may be applied from core)3
Electives/Minor18
Total Semester Credit Hours51
First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 1111
BIOL 1113
Principles of Biology I Laboratory
and Principles of Biology I
( BIOL 1106) and ( BIOL 1306, BIOL 1406)4
CHEM 1111
CHEM 1113
General Chemistry Laboratory I
and General Chemistry I
( CHEM 1111) and ( CHEM 1311, CHEM 1411)4
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I MATH 1314, MATH 14143
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
BIOL 1121
BIOL 1123
Principles of Biology II Laboratory
and Principles of Biology II
( BIOL 1107) and ( BIOL 1307, BIOL 1407)4
CHEM 1121
CHEM 1123
General Chemistry Laboratory II
and General Chemistry II
( CHEM 1112) and ( CHEM 1312, CHEM 1412)4
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II MATH 13163
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Elective1
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 2211
CHEM 2213
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
and Organic Chemistry I
( CHEM 2123) and ( CHEM 2323, CHEM 2423)4
BOT 2111
BOT 2113
Plant Biology Laboratory
and Plant Biology
( BIOL 1111) and ( BIOL 1311, BIOL 1411)4
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 14
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3221
CHEM 3223
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
and Organic Chemistry II
( CHEM 2425) and ( CHEM 2425)4
BACT 3111
BACT 3113
General Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
4
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 14
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4811
BIOL 4813
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
4
Minor Elective3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
MATH 1703 or 2014Elementary Statistics I ( MATH 1342, MATH 1442) or ( MATH 2413, MATH 2313)3-4
 Semester Credit Hours 16-17
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4821
BIOL 4823
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
4
ZOOL 4241
ZOOL 4243
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
and Mammalian Physiology
4
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
General or Minor Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
Biology Elective3
PHYS 1131
PHYS 1133
Principles of Physics Laboratory I
and Principles of Physics I
( PHYS 1101) and ( PHYS 1301, PHYS 1401)4
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
Upper-level General or Minor Elective4
Upper-level General or Minor Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4221
BIOL 4223 (GP Recommended Biology Elective)
Ecology Laboratory
and Ecology
4
PHYS 1141
PHYS 1143
Principles of Physics Laboratory II
and Principles of Physics II
( PHYS 1102) and ( PHYS 1302, PHYS 1402)4
Upper-level General or Minor Elective3
Upper-level General or Minor Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 14
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120-121

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.