Degree Program Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. These two degrees provide flexibility so students can customize course work to meet their individual interests and career goals.

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is an ideal degree for students interested in gaining a broad background in the Biological Sciences. It requires four semesters of a foreign language and a minor. There are several minors to choose from which gives you flexibility to design a well-rounded education.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a strong foundation in science while allowing you to focus on a specific biology sub-discipline*. This degree will prepare you for nearly any science-related field. The BS is ideal for students that are seeking a career as a professional biologist in industry or government, or plan to apply to graduate school or to a professional program like medical or dental school.

*The available sub-disciplines are general biology, zoology, botany, cell and molecular biology, and biotechnology.

Mentorship

We are a diverse faculty with expertise in a range of biological disciplines.  Faculty are engaged professors and maintain accessibility outside the classroom to facilitate learning beyond lecture.  They are also current researchers.  You can gain practical research experience by working with faculty as a research technician for course credit, as a volunteer, or for paid employment.

Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences houses an animal facility, greenhouses, and laboratories with a scanning electron microscope and modern molecular biology equipment. We maintain the Warner Herbarium, Sam Houston State Vertebrate Museum, Texas Bird Sound Library, and the Center for Biological Field Studies, a 250-acre field station that contains the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility.

Careers in Biology

  • Forest management
  • Medical technologist
  • USDA quarantine officer
  • Patent examiner
  • National park guide
  • Forensic scientist
  • Science journalist
  • K-12 teacher
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech sales rep
  • Museum curator
  • Nutritionist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Public health officer

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Biology brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15