Biology Instructional Office Degree Plans


You may consult the Degree Checklist and the Interactive Degree Audit for each of these degree plans.

B.S.A. in Biology

This degree provides a well-rounded education in natural sciences with room to explore other interests in the humanities. The Bachelor of Science and Arts permits students to take advanced courses from a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, including:

  • Cellular, developmental and molecular biology
  • Genetics, genomics, and computational biology
  • Physiology, neuroscience, and behavior
  • Ecology, evolution, and biodiversity

The emphasis on a balanced program of study between biology courses 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.

B.S. in Biology, Option: Biology

Students who complete the Biology Option: Biology degree have the opportunity to explore a wide range of areas of the biological sciences as well as their own interests in other STEM fields. In addition to Entry-Level requirements and the common Biology degree requirements of Physics, Evolution, and Biostatistics, students complete 2 courses from each of the following areas:

  • Cellular, developmental, and molecular biology
  • Genetics, genomics, and computational biology:
  • Physiology, neurobiology, and behavior:
  • Ecology, evolution, and biodiversity:
  • Upper-division biology laboratory courses

Additionally, students complete 12 hours of additional upper-division coursework selected from the Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Marine Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics departments. Graduates are especially well-prepared for careers in medicine, research, education, and business.

B.S. in Biology, Option: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school science teacher in Texas. Students choose composite science certification under biology as the primary teaching field or life science certification. Students are advised in the UTeach Natural Sciences Advising Center in PAI 4.02.

Bioscience majors interested in teaching without choosing the Teaching option degree can pursue a UTeach Certificate.

B.S. in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science is the health profession that provides laboratory testing and analysis which makes possible the accurate diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This unique pre-professional program has a “3+1” structure where students complete their biology and other required degree coursework within their first three years and then complete a 12- to 16-month clinical education program at an accredited school of medical laboratory science or medical technology. UT Austin partners with Austin State Hospital, Tarleton State, Texas State, and Baylor, Scott, and White.

Find more information about this program here.

Honors in Biology

For more information about honors in Biology please click the link below.