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Biology

Major in the College of Natural Sciences

Major Biology

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.

Declaration Requirements

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

How to Declare

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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.

Required Courses

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For information on required courses, students can view the CNS Degree Checklist. 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.

Specializations

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View all options within Biology.

Degree Options:

Personality

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Students generally have a strong mathematical background. They enjoy studying biology and chemistry. Students tend to be observant and curious about the world around them, especially within the realm of science. Take a look at UT's biochemistry-related student organizations.

Skills

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  • Analyzing and evaluating data
  • Ability to develop ideas and problem solve
  • Calculating, computing, and applying formulas
  • Coordinating work with others
  • Gathering information and conducting research
  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Writing and preparing reports
MAJOR ≠ CAREER

Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.

EXPERIENCE + DEGREE = CAREER

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