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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

The entry-level requirements for the B.A., B.S.A., and B.S. degree in Biological Sciences are completion of the following courses: Calculus 1, two semesters of Chemistry (CH 301 and CH302), Genetics (BIO 325) and two semesters of Biology (BIO 311C and 311D) with at least a C- or higher. Learn the difference between the B.A. vs B.S.A. vs B.S. degree.

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.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit 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.


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