Biology - Undergraduate Programs

Academic Advising: 345 and 346 Life Science Bldg. · 817-272-2408

Overview

The Department of Biology curriculum familiarizes students with basic concepts inherent to biological science and allows them to master new, cutting edge areas of biological research. Its degree programs prepare students to enter exciting and challenging careers in the many diverse and rapidly expanding areas of biological employment, including environmental biology, conservation, microbiology, the health sciences, science teaching, pharmacology, biotechnology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and forensics as well as in basic biological research. Superior teaching and faculty involvement with students is a high priority in the department. Many of its faculty have received university-wide awards for teaching excellence. Biology faculty have internationally recognized research programs in which students are actively encouraged to participate through credit for supervised research. Thus, students can prepare for careers in specific areas of biology by being actively engaged in research related to that career area under faculty supervision.

The Department of Biology offers four programs of study leading to an undergraduate degree. These are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biology and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biology, Microbiology or Medical Technology. The Microbiology B.S. degree prepares students to enter careers in the highly diverse field of microbiology, ranging from control of infectious diseases, through public health and environmental microbiology to genetic engineering and molecular biology or to pursue graduate study. The B.S. in Medical Technology combines course work with 16 months of clinical laboratory training in an accredited hospital school of medical technology. This degree prepares students for careers as technicians in medical laboratories, clinics, hospitals and industry. The Biology B.S. program provides students with a strong background in the fundamental tenets of the biological sciences while allowing them to customize their degree plans to meet specific career goals. The Biology B.A. program is suitable for career preparation in a number of biological fields and for teaching certification in Biology or Composite Science.

There are two degree plan options through which students can complete their Biology B.S. degree. Option one in General Biology allows students to choose elective courses beyond the biology core that prepare them to enter a specific professional field, such as medical, dental, veterinary, or graduate school for further study and research. Students pursuing health professions careers should contact the Health Professions Advisor for assistance in selecting course electives pertinent to their specific career path.  Students interested in genomics, environmental biology, or other areas of specialization should contact their Biology advisor for assistance with recommended courses.  Option two in Forensics provides students with the training necessary to pursue exciting careers in biological forensics, DNA testing or police department laboratories.

All Biology degrees and degree plan options are supported by providing students with ready access to both academic and career advice provided by full-time undergraduate advisors and faculty members knowledgeable with a student's particular areas of academic and/or career interests. Students are strongly encouraged to interact with departmental and faculty advisors throughout their academic careers, particularly through independent research under faculty supervision, to develop the skills and course work background that will allow them to achieve their future academic/career goals. Detailed information on Biology and degree plan options is provided later in this section.

Beyond the undergraduate B.A. and B.S. degrees, the Department of Biology offers programs leading to graduate degrees, including the Master of Science in Biology (M.S.) which allows students to pursue biological careers requiring a greater knowledge base than provided by an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Quantitative Biology (Ph.D.) which allows students to carry out independent dissertation research within a chosen area of biological research leading to a career in research and/or university teaching. The Ph.D. degree in Biology provides students with a strong background in modern mathematical approaches to biological research, including biostatistics, experimental design and mathematical modeling of biological systems. The Graduate Catalog provides details of the Biology M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.

The Department of Biology takes pride in offering students outstanding degree programs supported by excellent teaching, undergraduate research opportunities and superior academic advising. These programs make graduates highly competitive in the job market or when applying to graduate or professional degree programs. Please visit the Biology Department and speak with one of our advisors. Phone 817-272-2408 to make an appointment.

Applying for Major Status in Biology

Freshmen who have no previous college work must complete the following courses before applying to the Biology Department to become a major:

19 hours from the University core (consisting of courses in English, history, political science, et al. See list of general core curriculum requirements set by the University elsewhere in this catalog) and a minimum of 20 hours from the courses below:

Biology

BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 2300BIOSTATISTICS BIOL 2300 not required for BIOL B.A.3
BIOL 3315GENETICS3

MedTech

BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4

MicroBiology

BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3445METHODS IN MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 4302MICROBIAL GENETICS3

Chemistry

CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4

The applicant for status as a biology major MUST have a GPA of 2.25 or better in all courses taken, and 2.25 or better in biology courses. An application form is available from the undergraduate advisor (Room 345 or 346 LS).

A suggested course sequence for entering freshmen students for the first two years is:

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 14214MATH 14264
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4
Lang/Phil/Cult3BIOL 33153
POLS 23113BIOL 3427 or 34544
BIOL 23003POLS 23123
BIOL 34444 
 17 14
Total Hours: 61
1

Micro majors will substitute BIOL 3444 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY in the second semester of their freshman year, and another micro class in the first semester of their sophomore year. Med Tech majors will substitute BIOL 3444 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY during the first semester of their sophomore year.

Transfer students interested in one of the degree programs in biology will, after admission to UT Arlington, be placed into pre-major status: BIOL intended, MEDT intended, or MICR intended major. To apply for status as a major in biology, microbiology, or medical technology, these students must have a minimum of 39 hours which include:

  • At least 28 hours in the University core curriculum including eight hours of freshman chemistry, with lab (credit by transfer or earned at UT Arlington).
  • At least 11 hours in biology courses taken at UT Arlington that apply to one of the three programs awarded by the department.

At the time of application for major status in biology, the student must have a GPA of 2.25 or better in courses taken at UT Arlington (both overall and in biology courses). An application form for requesting major status is available from the Department Advisor (Room 346 LS). Transfer students will be evaluated for major status only after completing 11 hours in biology in residence at UT Arlington.

Maintaining Major Status

  • Students who are accepted as majors in biology, microbiology, or medical technology must thereafter maintain a GPA of 2.25 or better in all courses and in biology courses. Any student whose GPA falls below 2.25 in either of these categories will be returned to undeclared status at the end of the semester in which the deficiency occurs.
  • Students who fall into academic difficulty will be required to meet with their Advisor and/or Academic Dean in order to discuss academic consequences and their future status in the College of Science. Please refer to the College of Science section of the catalog, "Academic Policies for College of Science Majors".
  • Students who have lost status as a major must have departmental permission to enroll in any junior or senior course in biology at UT Arlington.
  • Students in the medical technology program should have a 2.8 GPA or higher after completing three years of course work to be competitive when applying for the final year of training in medical technology.

General Information

  • In order to receive a B.A. degree in Biology or a B.S. degree in Biology or Microbiology from UT Arlington, transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of junior or senior level courses (12 of the 18 hours in Biology) at UT Arlington. Transfer students who are approved for admission to the medical technology program must complete at least 13 hours of junior or senior level courses in biology at UT Arlington to qualify for a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology from UT Arlington.
  • No student working toward a B.A. degree in Biology or a B.S. degree in Biology, Medical Technology or Microbiology may take any biology course on a Pass/Fail basis other than:
  • BIOL 3149COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY1
    BIOL 3249COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY2
    BIOL 3349COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY3
    BIOL 4179DIRECTED STUDY1
    BIOL 4279DIRECTED STUDY2
    BIOL 4379DIRECTED STUDY3
    BIOL 4189RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY1
    BIOL 4289RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY2
  • Students are not allowed to receive credit for biology courses at the sophomore level or above by special examination.
  • Exceptions to the core course prerequisites for advanced courses will be made only for specialized degree programs such as Medical Technology, Nursing, and Physical Education, and for selected non-majors with special needs.

Computer and Oral Communication Competency Requirement

Students majoring in Biology, Microbiology, or Medical Technology are required to demonstrate computer use and oral communication competencies.

The University requirement of competency in computer proficiency is satisfied by completion of the BIOL 1441 or 1442 labs.

Oral communication competency can be demonstrated by completion of COMS 1301 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, COMS 2302 PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING,  or an approved substitute.

Teacher Certification

A student interested in earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology with secondary teacher certification, or in biology or life-earth science as a second teaching field, should refer to the “Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology – Secondary Teacher Certification” and the “Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology – Composite Science Certification” degree plans for teacher certification requirements and for biology courses recommended for each teaching field option.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology is suitable for career preparation in a number of biological career fields and for students who desire teaching certification with a teaching field in biology or composite science. Students choosing this program are required to consult with the Department of Biology's undergraduate advisor to develop an acceptable degree plan. Students seeking teaching certification with a teaching field in biology or composite science are required to consult with the Department of Biology certification advisor in order to develop an acceptable teaching certification degree program.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Sciences 13
Foundational Component Elective 13
MATH 1302COLLEGE ALGEBRA 23
MATH 1303TRIGONOMETRY 23
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following for oral communication competency:3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Or other approved communication course
Advanced elective courses (3000/4000 level courses)9
Any level electives 9
Modern and Classical Languages 38-9
Professional Courses
Major
Core Curriculum
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
Diversity Courses
BIOL 3427PLANT SCIENCE4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3454GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
Select 7 hours of advanced core courses from the following:7
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Advanced BIOL elective course - approved by advisor6
Total: 120 Hours (must have minimum of 36 hours 3000/4000 level)
1

 See /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Transfer students must present a minimum of six semester credit hours of equivalent or higher level mathematics courses.

3

Eight hours in a single language or nine hours from one liberal arts cluster (see liberal arts cluster substitution list in the introductory information for the College of Science)

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 13023MATH 13033
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
Social/Behavioral Science3CHEM 14414
 13 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POLS 23113POLS 23123
BIOL 33153BIOL 34444
CHEM 14424CHEM 23213
Language, Philosophy and Culture3Advanced Biology Elective3
 Any Level Elective3
 13 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
BIOL 34274BIOL 34544
HIST 13113BIOL 3301 or 33393
Foundational Component Area Elective3COMS 23023
 Creative Arts3
 14 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Advanced Elective6Advanced Biology Elective3
BIOL 3442 or 34464Advanced General Elective3
SPAN 14414SPAN 14424
Any Level Elective3HIST 13123
 Any Level Elective3
 17 16
Total Hours: 120

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology -- Life Science Teacher Certification

This program is suitable preparation for students who desire secondary teacher certification in biology. Interested students should meet with the UTeach advisor.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
MATH 1302COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 1303TRIGONOMETRY3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Language, Philosophy & Culture3
Social & Behavioral Science3
Creative Arts3
Foundational Component Elective3
Program Requirements
MODL 1441TOPICS IN MODERN LANGUAGE LEVEL I (any language)4
MODL 1442TOPICS IN MODERN LANGUAGE LEVEL II (any language)4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
Education - Teacher Preparation Courses
SCIE 1101STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING (satisfies oral communication requirement)1
SCIE 1102STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN1
PHIL 2314PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS3
SCIE 4107STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607STUDENT TEACHING FOR SECONDARY GRADES6
EDUC 4331KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE (satisfies computer literacy requirement)3
EDUC 4332CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS3
EDUC 4333MULTIPLE TEACHING PRACTICES IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 3427PLANT SCIENCE4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3454GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
BIOL 3310SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (Research Methods)3
Select 7 hours from the following:7
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Advanced BIOL elective course approved by the biology advisor6
Total: 123 Hours

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 13023MATH 13033
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
SCIE 11011SCIE 11021
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213BIOL 34274
HIST 13113HIST 13123
Advanced BIOL elective3EDUC 43323
PHIL 23143POLS 23123
EDUC 43313Language, Philosophy & Culture3
 15 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 34444BIOL 34544
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
Modern Language4Modern Language4
POLS 23113Biology Advanced Elective 3
Foundational Component Elective3BIOL 3310 (Research Methods)3
 18 18
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL Advanced Core4BIOL Advanced Core3
BIOL 33153Social & Behavioral Science3
EDUC 43333SCIE 46076
Creative Arts3SCIE 41071
 13 13
Total Hours: 123

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology - Composite Science Teacher Certification

This program is suitable preparation for students who desire secondary teacher certification in composite science. Interested students should meet with the UTeach advisor.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
MATH 1302COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 1303TRIGONOMETRY3
GEOL 1301EARTH SYSTEMS3
GEOL 1302EARTH HISTORY3
Language, Philosophy & Culture3
Creative Arts3
Social & Behavioral Science3
Foundational Component Elective3
Program Requirements
MODL 1441TOPICS IN MODERN LANGUAGE LEVEL I (any language)4
MODL 1442TOPICS IN MODERN LANGUAGE LEVEL II (any language)4
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Education - Teacher Preparation Courses
SCIE 1101STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING (satisfies oral communication requirement)1
SCIE 1102STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN1
PHIL 2314PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS3
SCIE 4107STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1
SCIE 4607STUDENT TEACHING FOR SECONDARY GRADES6
EDUC 4331KNOWING AND LEARNING IN MATH AND SCIENCE (satisfies computer literacy requirement)3
EDUC 4332CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS3
EDUC 4333MULTIPLE TEACHING PRACTICES IN MATH AND SCIENCE3
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 3427PLANT SCIENCE4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3454GENERAL ZOOLOGY4
BIOL 3310SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (Research Methods)3
Select 7 hours from the following:7
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Advanced BIOL elective chosen with advisor3
Total: 126 Hours

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 13023MATH 13033
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
SCIE 11011SCIE 11021
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 23213Modern Language4
PHIL 23143BIOL 34274
Advanced BIOL Elective3HIST 13123
HIST 13113EDUC 43323
EDUC 43313GEOL 13023
GEOL 13013 
 18 17
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 34444BIOL 34544
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
Modern Language4BIOL 3310 (Research Methods)3
Foundational Component Elective3POLS 23123
POLS 23113Language, Philosophy & Culture3
 18 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL Advanced Core4BIOL Advanced Core3
BIOL 33153Social & Behavioral Science3
EDUC 43333SCIE 46076
Creative Arts3SCIE 41071
 13 13
Total Hours: 126

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

The requirements to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology can be achieved through degree plans under either of two options (i.e., General Biology, and Forensics Biology) detailed in this section. Before choosing a B.S. degree program under one of these options, please consult with a biology undergraduate advisor and biology faculty associated with the chosen option.

Option 1: General Biology

The General Biology Option is intended for students studying basic aspects of the biological sciences. Students developing degree plans under the General Biology Option choose elective courses in Biology, other sciences, and nonscience areas to develop either a broad knowledge-base in Biology or to focus their studies in a particular area of Biology (a list of potential areas of study in Biology and the faculty who can assist students in developing degree plan programs in these areas is available from the undergraduate biology advisors). The General Biology Option will prepare students for careers in a variety of the Biological Sciences (including Health Professions, Genomics, Ecology/Environmental Studies, etc.) or for graduate study in Biology at the Master's or Ph.D. levels.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Sciences 13
Foundational Component Area Elective 13
MATH 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I 24
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Select one of the following in oral communication:3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Or other approved communication course
Any level electives 8
Advanced elective courses (3000/4000 level)5
Professional Courses
Major
Core Curriculum
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 2300BIOSTATISTICS (or approved substitute)3
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
Select two of the following diversity courses:8
PLANT SCIENCE
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL ZOOLOGY
Select two of the following advanced core courses:7
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
Advanced BIOL elective courses - approved by advisor13
Total: 120 Hours (must have minimum of 36 hours 3000/4000 level)
1

See  /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Transfer students must present a minimum of six semester credit hours of equivalent or higher level mathematics courses through transfer or placement examination.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 14214MATH 14264
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4
BIOL 23003BIOL 33153
BIOL 34444BIOL 3427 or 34544
Language, Philosophy & Culture3POLS 23123
POLS 23113 
 17 14
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 3442 or 3446or BIOL 34574BIOL 3301 or 33393
PHYS 14414PHYS 14424
HIST 13113BIOL Advanced Elective3
Foundational Core Area Elective3COMS 23023
 Creative Art3
 14 16
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL Advanced ElectivesEx: BIOL 33xx & BIOL 4189 or 31494BIOL Advanced Electives6
HIST 13123Advanced General Electives5
Social and Behavioral Science3Any Level Electives3
Any Level Electives5 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

 See /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Transfer students must present a minimum of six semester credit hours of equivalent or higher level mathematics courses through transfer or placement examination.

Option 2: Forensics

The option in forensics is intended to prepare students for a career in biological forensics by emphasizing relevant courses in biology and related disciplines. This option is designed for students who wish to seek employment in a forensics, DNA testing, or a police department laboratory upon graduation, and, as such, an internship (BIOL 3349 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY) is recommended when possible. Students pursuing this option are encouraged to seek advice from the faculty forensics advisor.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science 13
Foundational Component Core Elective 13
MATH 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I 24
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following in oral communication:3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Or other approved communication course
Select a minimum of 9 hours in forensic electives:9
HUMAN OSTEOLOGY
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
PROBLEMS IN ANTHROPOLOGY
DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS
FORENSIC DEATH INVESTIGATION
TOPICS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PRIVATE SECURITY
Select a minimum of 1 hours of any level elective1
Professional Courses
Major
Core Curriculum
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 2300BIOSTATISTICS (or approved substitute)3
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
Advanced Forensic courses
BIOL 3352INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC LAB SCIENCE 33
BIOL 4352FORENSIC BIOLOGY3
BIOL 4355METHODS IN FORENSIC BIOLOGY 33
Select 19 hours of advanced biology electives from the following:19
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
GENOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
TOXICOLOGY
PLANT SCIENCE 3
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 3
INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY
BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS
ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Total: 120 Hours (must have minimum of 36 hours 3000/4000 level)
1

  See /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Transfer students must present a minimum of six semester credit hours of equivalent or higher level mathematics courses through transfer or placement examination.

3

Laboratory courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 14214MATH 14264
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4
BIOL 23003BIOL 33153
BIOL 34444BIOL 33523
POLS 23113Social and Behavioral Science3
 POLS 23123
 14 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 43523BIOL Advanced Electives from Approved List7
BIOL 43553Creative Arts3
CHEM 43113PHYS 14414
HIST 13113 
Foundational Core Area Elective3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL Advanced Electives from approved List5BIOL Advanced Electives from approved list3
PHYS 14424Advanced General Forensics Elective6
COMS 23023HIST 13123
General Advanced Forensic Elective4Language/Philosophy/Culture3
 16 15
Total Hours: 120

Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology

A student who completes the special degree plan given below plus 16 months of clinical laboratory training in an accredited hospital school of medical technology may receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, which will be conferred by The University of Texas at Arlington. Graduates may become certified in medical technology by passing the examination of the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BS IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science 13
Foundational Component Core Elective 13
MATH 1302COLLEGE ALGEBRA3
MATH 1303TRIGONOMETRY3
or MATH 1308 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following in oral communication:3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Or other approved communication course
Elective credit from any discipline1
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 2457HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4
BIOL 2458HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II4
BIOL 3312IMMUNOBIOLOGY3
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 4317BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS3
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
3000/4000-level of biology electives selected with the advice of the undergraduate advisor7
Total: 103 Hours

Note: This option is a total of 103 hours, of which 16 must be 3000/4000 level, in addition to 16 months training in a school of medical technology approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) in conjunction with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

1

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Senior Year

Sixteen-month program in a school of medical technology which has been certified by the Committee of Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) in conjunction with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BS IN MICROBIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science 13
Foundational Component Core Elective 13
MATH 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I 24
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 4311BIOCHEMISTRY I3
Select one of the following in oral communication:3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Or other approved communication course
Electives at any level10
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3445METHODS IN MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 4302MICROBIAL GENETICS3
Select 27 additional hours from the following:27
SELECTED TOPICS IN MICROBIOLOGY
IMMUNOBIOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY
MICROBIAL DIVERSITY
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY
BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS
MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY
LABORATORY METHODS IN BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES IN BIOLOGY 3
RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY 3
RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY 3
Total: 120 Hours (must have minimum of 36 hours 3000/4000 level)
1

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2

Transfer students must present a minimum of six semester credit hours of equivalent or higher level mathematics courses through transfer or placement examination.

3

Must be taken under the supervision of approved faculty members.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 14214MATH 14264
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 34444
 15 15
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POLS 23113POLS 23123
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4
BIOL 43023BIOL 33273
Any Level Elective3BIOL 43123
 Social & Behavioral Science3
 13 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 33123BIOL 43883
BIOL 43173BIOL 44404
CHEM 43113PHYS 14414
HIST 13113Creative Art3
Foundational Component Area Elective3Elective1
 15 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOL 33113BIOL 34454
BIOL 43453BIOL 42892
PHYS 14424COMS 23023
Any Level Elective6HIST 13123
 Language/Philosophy/Culture3
 16 15
Total Hours: 120

Dual Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This five-year curriculum prepares students for careers in the fast growing biotechnology and biomedical engineering industries. The curriculum also prepares students for medical school and advanced study. Students are required to take courses from engineering, life sciences and liberal arts, culminating in a five-year Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Science. In this program, two areas of emphasis are offered:

  1. Bioimaging and
  2. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Description

Biomedical engineers use quantitative methods and innovation to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to partake in the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care.

Through this program, students learn the essentials of life science, engineering theory, and the analytical and practical tools that enable them to be successful in the biotechnology and biomedical engineering industries. The program includes course work in the basic sciences, core engineering, biomedical engineering, and advanced biotechnology disciplines. Both didactic classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory experience are emphasized. Additionally, students are required to take general educational courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science, and social science.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students as biomedical engineers for careers in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and in government regulatory agencies. It also provides a solid foundation for those wishing to continue for advanced degrees. For those planning to pursue a medical degree, this cross-disciplinary curriculum offers a solid foundation in engineering, which is an advantage in preparing for a medical career.

Requirements

Regardless whether a student chooses Bioimaging or Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering emphasis, after completion of 120 semester credit hours of the undergraduate courses from the list for the emphasis (below) and prior to taking any graduate course, the student must apply to the UT Arlington Graduate School for admission to the Bioengineering Department. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 120 semester credit hours as well as a minimum average of 3.0 in the required English courses (ENGL 1301 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I and ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II) and a minimum average of 3.0 in the required Mathematics courses (MATH 1426 CALCULUS I, MATH 2425 CALCULUS II, MATH 2326 CALCULUS III and MATH 3319 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS & LINEAR ALGEBRA) is required for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. The student should also submit two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and one from the Biology undergraduate advisor.

For course listings and suggested course sequences, please see Biomedical Engineering in the Engineering section of this catalog.

Dual Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Business Administration

A five-year program designed to prepare students for careers as managers with specific knowledge of the biomedical science field. Students are required to take courses from life sciences, business, and liberal arts, culminating in a dual Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA), including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Science. The BS in Biology will be conferred at the same time as the MBA. If students in this joint degree program are not accepted into the MBA program, or if students enter the MBA program and fail to complete the requirements for the MBA, then, in order to earn a BS in Biology they must take the same, full complement of courses required for a BS as students not enrolled in the joint program.

Description

This degree program is designed to provide students with a strong background in the life sciences and with a contemporary education in business administration that will impart the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to perform effectively in many career fields. The program includes course work in the basic sciences as well as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management. Additionally, students are required to take general education courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science, and social science.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students for managerial and leadership positions in the biomedical sciences and biosciences research fields. It is essential that science managers have a base of technical knowledge that allows them to understand and guide the work of their subordinates and to explain the work in non-technical terms to senior management and potential customers. The program also prepares students for managerial positions in fields outside of science. Additionally, it provides a solid foundation for those planning to pursue advanced degrees.

Course Requirements

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science 3
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Foundational Component Core Elective (Satisfied by COMS 2302 below) 1
MATH 1315COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR ECONOMICS & BUSINESS ANALYSIS3
MATH 1316MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Oral Communication Competency (Also counts as Foundational Component Area)3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Core Business12
INTRODUCTION TO M.I.S. AND DATA PROCESSING
BUSINESS STATISTICS I
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
Advanced Electives (3000 or 4000 level coursework) BCOM 3360 is recommended3
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
Select 22 hours from the following (must include at least 2 laboratory classes):22
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 2
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
IMMUNOBIOLOGY
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 2
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY
GENERAL ENDOCRINOLOGY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses45
Total: 157 Hours (112 undergraduate hours, 45 graduate hours)
1

 See /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Laboratory course.

Note:  This program consists of 112 undergraduate credit hours, plus 45 graduate credit hours.  A grand total of 157 credit hours.
A 3.0 cumulative GPA for the last 60 hours at UTA, and an acceptable score on the GMAT are required for admittance to the MBA program.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023
MATH 13153MATH 13163
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424
HIST 13113HIST 13123
 17 17
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POLS 23113CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4
ECON 23063BIOL 33153
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4Language, Philosophy & Culture3
BIOL 34444POLS 23123
 BSTAT 33213
 14 16
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 14414BIOL Elective3
COMS3BIOL Elective4
BIOL Elective4PHYS 14424
BIOL Elective3MARK 33213
 BCOM 33603
 14 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Creative Arts3Approved graduate business courses- may take summer classes15
BIOL elective4 
Foundational Component Core Elective3 
OPMA 33063 
BIOL elective4 
 17 15
Fifth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Approved graduate business courses - may take summer classes15Approved graduate business courses - summer classes recommended15
 15 15
Total Hours: 157

Dual Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Environmental and Earth Sciences

This five-year curriculum provides a common ground for interdisciplinary communication, an understanding of the environment, and the competence necessary for evaluating and solving complex environmental problems. The degree program prepares students for applied work in the private sector and governmental positions, and serves as the professional preparation required for applied technology and environmental management.

Description

Environmental scientists apply elements of engineering, biology, chemistry, and geology in an integrated approach to environmental systems. They also need an understanding of the forces that shape implementation of alternative environmental science and engineering solutions, and an understanding of how regulatory and political entities influence the implementation of viable technical solutions.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for a range of positions in local, state and federal agencies responsible for managing air and water quality, land use, and other aspects of the environment. It also prepares students for careers in private consulting agencies providing advice to government and industry.

Requirements

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science 13
Foundational Component Core Elective 13
MATH 1421PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS4
MATH 1426CALCULUS I4
MATH 2425CALCULUS II4
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Select approved Geology or Chemistry courses from the following:9
EARTH SYSTEMS
HYDROGEOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
ANALYSIS OF SPATIAL DATA
REMOTE SENSING FUNDAMENTALS
QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY
Oral Communication Competency3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Non-science Electives
Select six hours from disciplines outside the natural sciences, recommended courses include:6
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
THE LIFE OF CITIES
READING THE LANDSCAPE
ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
GOVERNMENT IN URBAN AMERICA
COMPARATIVE STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
ENERGY POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
STUDIES IN PLANNING
Professional Courses
Major
Core Curriculum
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 2300BIOSTATISTICS (or approved equivalent)3
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
Select two of the following biological diversity courses:8
PLANT SCIENCE
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL ZOOLOGY
Environmental Courses
BIOL 3356ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS3
Select 13 hours of approved upper division electives (at least one of which must have a lab):13
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
   and COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY
PLANT ECOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
GENERAL ECOLOGY
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
VERTEBRATE NATURAL HISTORY
Graduate Courses
Environmental and Earth Sciences Core
CE 5321ENGINEERING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS3
CE 5319PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL PROCESSES II3
EVSE 5310ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-CHEMICAL ASPECTS3
EVSE 5311ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS-GEOLOGICAL ASPECTS3
PLAN 5341ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS: LAWS AND PLANNING3
or PLAN 5350 ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
Select nine hours of biology electives at the graduate level (5000 and above)9
Twelve hours in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, City and Regional Planning, or Geology; must include 6 hours outside Biology12
Select two hours of the following:2
SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SCIENCES
Total: 160 Hours
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A 3.0 cumulative GPA for the last 60 hours at UTA, and an acceptable score on the GMAT, are required for admittance to the MS program.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023Advanced Biology Elective3
MATH 14214MATH 14264 
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424 
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424 
HIST 13113  
 18 15 3
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
CHEM 23213PHYS 14414BIOL 23003
CHEM 21811CHEM 23223 
MATH 24254CHEM 21821 
Language, Philosophy & Culture3BIOL 33153 
HIST 13123POLS 23113 
 14 14 3
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
BIOL elective w/lab4BIOL diversity course4Foundational Component Elective3
BIOL elective3Social & Behavioral Science3 
PHYS 14424BIOL 33563 
Creative Arts3POLS 23123 
Non-science electives - see approved list3COMS 23023 
 17 16 3
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
BIOL elective4GEOL elective4EVSE 53103
BIOL elective3CE 53213 
GEOL elective6PLAN 5350 or 53413 
Non-science electives - see approved list3Graduate BIOL electives6 
 16 16 3
Fifth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CE 53193Other grad electives9 
EVSE 53113EVSE seminar1 
Graduate BIOL elective3  
Other grad elective3  
EVSE seminar1  
 13 10
Total Hours: 161

Dual Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Health Care Administration

This dual curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in health care administration. The curriculum also prepares students for medical school and advanced study. Students are required to take courses from life sciences, business and liberal arts, culminating in a dual Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration (HCA), including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Science. The BS in Biology will be conferred at the same time that the student is awarded the MS in Health Care Administration. If students engaged in this joint degree program are not accepted into the HCA graduate program, or enter the HCA program and fail to complete the requirements for the master's degree in HCA, then, in order to earn a BS in Biology, they must take the same, full complement of courses required to earn the BS as taken by students not enrolled in the BIOL/HCA joint program.

Description

Rapid and radical changes in the health care industry are forcing administrators to adopt new paradigms for cost management and the redesign of health care delivery processes, while increasing the quality of care delivered. The new health industry is shifting quickly toward managed care and capitation. This change has created a pressing need for health care delivery administrators, and the dual Biology/Health Care Administration BS/MS degree will help fulfill this need. This degree program is designed to provide students with a strong background in the life sciences and with a contemporary education in health care administration that will impart the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to enable them to perform effectively in health care delivery. The program includes course work in the basic sciences and in health care administration. Additionally, students are required to take general education courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science and social science.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students as health care administrators for leadership roles in provider organizations such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric centers, chemical dependency units, nursing homes, retirement communities, institutional clinics, physician group practices, home health agencies, and in government regulatory agencies. It also provides a solid foundation for those wishing to continue for advanced degrees. For those planning to pursue a medical degree, this cross-disciplinary curriculum offers a solid foundation in health care administration, which is an advantage in preparing for a medical career.

Course Requirements

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOLOGY
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 13
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
HIST 1311HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1312HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Creative Arts 13
Social & Behavioral Science3
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Foundational Component Core Elective satisfied by COMS 2302 below 1
MATH 1315COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR ECONOMICS & BUSINESS ANALYSIS3
or MATH 1302 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
MATH 1316MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS3
PHYS 1441GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1442GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II4
Program Requirements
CHEM 1441GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 1442GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 2321ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 2322ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 2181ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHEM 2182ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Oral Communication Competency (COMS 2302 satisfies the Foundational Component Area)3
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Professional Courses
Major
BIOL 1441CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 1442EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 3315GENETICS3
BIOL 3444GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4
Select 22 hours from the following:22
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 2
CELL PHYSIOLOGY
IMMUNOBIOLOGY
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 2
INTRODUCTION TO VIROLOGY
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
GENERAL ENDOCRINOLOGY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Advanced Business Electives (3000/4000)9-11
INSY 2303INTRODUCTION TO M.I.S. AND DATA PROCESSING (or equivalent)3
Graduate Course Sequence (see below)39
Total: 148 Hours (109 undergraduate hours and 39 graduate hours)
1

  See /degreerequirements/generalcorerequirements

2

Laboratory course.

This program consists of 109 undergraduate credit hours (36 of which must be 3000/4000 level), plus 39 graduate credit hours.  Total of 148 hours.

 A 3.2 cumulative GPA for the last  60 hours at UTA, and an acceptable GRE score, are required for admittance to the MS program.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENGL 13013ENGL 13023 
MATH 13153MATH 13163 
CHEM 14414CHEM 14424 
BIOL 14414BIOL 14424 
 14 14
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ECON 23053CHEM 2322
  & CHEM 2182
4 
POLS 23113BIOL 33153 
CHEM 2321
  & CHEM 2181
4POLS 23123 
BIOL 34444Foundational Component Elective3 
 14 13
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS 14414BIOL electives 7 
Language, Philosophy & Culture3PHYS 14424 
BIOL elective3Advanced undergraduate business elective3 
Advanced undergraduate business elective3  
 13 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIOL elective3BIOL electives9 
Approved undergraduate business elective 3HIST 13123 
Creative Arts3COMS 23023 
HIST 13113  
 12 15
Fifth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
HCAD 53013HCAD 53063HCAD 53103
HCAD 53053FINA 53153INSY 53503
HCAD 53373  
 9 6 6
Sixth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummer SessionHours
OPMA 53773MARK 53303HCAD 53903
BSTAT 53153ECON 53333HCAD 53993
 6 6 6
Total Hours: 148

Requirements for a Minor in Biology

A minor in biology will consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours of approved biology classes that would be applicable toward a major in Biology. Non-majors' courses will not apply toward a minor in biology, such as:

BIOL 1301NUTRITION3
BIOL 2317BASIC CONCEPTS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY3
BIOL 2457HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I4
BIOL 2458HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II4
BIOL 2460NURSING MICROBIOLOGY4
BIOL 3303DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR3
NURS 3309MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS3

Non-lecture courses such as research, directed study, co-op, or lab TA credit may not be used toward a minor in Biology. A minimum of six of the 18 credit hours required for the minor must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Limitations may be placed on certain courses, such as those in the UTTER program. BIOL 1441 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY and BIOL 1442 EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY, or equivalent, are required for the minor. The remaining 10 hours must be chosen with and approved by a Biology Advisor.

A 2.0 grade average must be maintained in the minor. Transfer students must complete at least nine hours toward the minor at UT Arlington, and six of the nine hours must be 3000 or 4000 level.