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Introductory Biology Courses
UT Austin's introductory major sequence in Biology comprises two 3-credit lecture courses and the student's choice of one 2-credit laboratory course:
BIO 311C & 311D are required for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology. One lab course chosen from 206L or 208L is required for the BA degree and for the BS degree options in Human Biology, Marine/Freshwater Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Plant Biology, and Teaching (206L or 208L is not required in other BS degree options).
All or part of the major-track Biology sequence also is required for:
Transfer Credit from Texas Public Community Colleges
The Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) system used by Texas public community colleges identifies twelve introductory Biology courses, six for Biology/science majors and six for non-science majors.
Biology coursework applied toward non-Biology degrees in the College of Natural Sciences must be major-track; courses designed for non-science majors cannot be counted.
Students who pursue UT Austin degrees requiring BIO 206L and who take BIOL 1406 or 1106 are encouraged to complete 1407 or 1107 before transfer, otherwise their 206LA transfer credit will be redundant when they later take the full two semester hour version of 206L at UT.
Generic Transfer Credit Evaluations
Lower-division Biology coursework transfers generically when there is no comparable UT Austin course, with the following designations:
Introductory Botany/Zoology sequences – such as those identified by the TCCN designations BIOL 1411, 1413, 1311, 1313, 1111, & 1113 – always transfer generically. Often associated with agriculture programs, such courses do not fit UT's Biology curriculum and are not recommended for students majoring in Biology and degrees requiring major-track Biology.
Generic Biology transfer credit applies toward UT's core curriculum Science & Technology Part I & II requirements if the course originates at a Texas public community college or university and is transcripted with the core component codes 030 or 031.
Generic Biology transfer credit may substitute for specific UT courses on a case-by-case basis; students should consult their UT degree advisor for substitution procedures.
Previous Major-Track Sequence
Through summer 2005 UT Austin's introductory major sequence in Biology comprised four 2-credit lecture courses and the student's choice of one 2-credit laboratory course:
In most cases transfer credit was assigned modified UT course numbers – typically 311, 314, 105L, & 106L – to accommodate credit values from sending institutions. Transfer credit for 105L+106L satisfied the lab requirement and students completed the sequence by taking 212 & 213 at UT after transfer.
Other Transfer Issues
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revised 29 August 2013
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