Biology


Your Future In Biology

Do you want to increase your knowledge of the natural world? Are you interested in understanding and treating diseases? Are you concerned about the environment? You should pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of North Texas.

As a Biology major, you may qualify for a career in:

  • Environmental management and conservation
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Industry (biotechnology, pharmaceutical sales or laboratory technician)
  • Research
  • Secondary school education

The major can also prepare you to enter dental, medical or veterinary school or a training program to become a health care professional.

What we offer

Our comprehensive curriculum allows you to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While pursuing your degree, you’ll explore all aspects of living systems from the molecular basis of genetic inheritance to the interactions between organisms and the environment.

You can explore a wide variety of areas such as:

  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Forensic biology
  • Laboratory techniques used in research
  • Microscopic organisms such as bacteria
  • Plant and animal structure and function (physiology)

A key component of our program is involving students in research when they start pursuing their degree. These opportunities are available because of UNT’s investment in cross-disciplinary research clusters and our participation in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance. Academic credit can also be earned for a research project.

Additional research and learning opportunities are provided through our student chapters of the Beta Beta Beta honor society or the Alpha Epsilon Delta preprofessional honor society. We also sponsor a departmental seminar series where researchers from around the nation offer their perspectives on related subjects.

Our collaborative program with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth combines college and medical school if you’re interested in a medical career. The program prepares you to serve in a residency at a hospital or clinic in seven years instead of the usual eight years needed to complete a bachelor’s degree and medical school.

The Teach North Texas Program helps students interested in teaching science achieve teacher certification.

Outstanding faculty and student support

Our faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research. They conduct relevant basic and applied research and assist local, state and national companies and organizations. They’ve been honored by the American Society for Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences and National Science Foundation, among others.

Biology learning communities give you the chance to form strong bonds by taking several classes with a small group of your biology classmates.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree. Students have also won externally funded scholarships and other research fellowships.

The Life Sciences Complex, which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability, is a living lab with open research spaces that feature rooftop greenhouses. It houses biochemistry, developmental physiology and genetics, molecular biology and plant science.

What to expect

You may declare your intent to major in Biology upon enrolling at UNT. However, you’ll have to complete specific pre-requisite courses in biology, chemistry and math to be eligible for upper-level course work in the major.

Most of your courses will have a lecture and a lab component. The lab meets for one hour per week in addition to your regularly scheduled lecture. Labs provide you hands-on opportunities to complete course work and conduct research.

You’ll also enroll in technical writing, physics and capstone courses. The capstone course focuses on reading, presenting and discussing research. Specific requirements are outlined in the catalog.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent. Math preparation is essential to success in a science degree, so you should complete math through calculus or statistics in high school.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT.