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A degree in Biology provides a well-rounded education in both the liberal arts and natural sciences. This degree permits students to take advanced courses from a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, physiology, ecology, animal biology, plant biology, and microbiology. The emphasis on a balanced program of study enables students to explore additional academic interests from across the University. This degree prepares students for a variety of careers including, but not limited to, the health professions, business, law, and academia.

The biology department offers several options within the biology degree. Students can pursue their specific interests or choose a general path that prepares them to be well rounded in the field.

Declare This Major

Step 1: Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level biology majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements. Learn the difference between the B.A. versus B.S.A. versus B.S. degrees.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the Biological Sciences degree plan. For additional information, view Biological Sciences course descriptions by major options and Frequently Asked Questions related to the School of Biological Sciences.

Learn about research and internship opportunities for biology majors.


View all options within Biology.

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What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Students generally have a strong mathematical background and enjoy studying science. Biology majors tend to be observant and curious about the world around them.