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, your studies may include courses in:

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

We also oversee a collaborative program with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth that combines college and medical school. 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.

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 have been honored by the American Society for Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences and National Science Foundation, among others.

UNT’s investment in cross-disciplinary research clusters and our participation in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance allow qualified students to participate in field and/or laboratory research. 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 seminar series where researchers from around the nation offer their perspectives on related subjects.

Four 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 education.

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

What to expect

You may declare your intent to major in Biology upon enrolling at UNT. However, you must complete specific pre-major courses in biology, chemistry and math to be eligible for upper-level course work in the major. Specific requirements are outlined in the catalog.

Our 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 Apply Texas 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.

For the degrees in Biology, it's essential that you complete pre-major biology, chemistry and math courses in the first two years of study.

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. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.