Biology Bachelor's Degree Overview
Biology is the study of life. Biologists are concerned about every aspect of a living organism from its origin, to its development, to the causes of its aging and death. Life science research looks at many specific biological problems such as the causes of cancer, the effect of environmental pollutants on humans and wildlife, discovering ways of combating autoimmune diseases, evaluating ecosystem response to global climate change, improving our understanding of how cells function and communicate, and how ecosystems provide services to humans. If you are interested in the nature of living things and want intellectual challenges and rewarding careers, the study of biology is for you.Note that courses and degrees in Biology are offered by both the Department of Environmental Sciences (EEES) and the Department of Biological Sciences (BIOL).
Biology majors in the Department of Biological Sciences
Our students address important biological principles using the latest cell and molecular-based approaches in both plant and animal model systems. Research conducted here focuses on human, plant and animal diseases, function or development of nervous and other organ systems, regulation of signaling pathways and other topics that expose students to advanced biological research methods and concepts. Outstanding students may become involved as peer mentors, undergraduate researchers or teaching assistants, or study in England at the University of Salford.
Biology majors in the Department of Environmental Science
Our students address basic and applied biological questions concerning individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. We emphasize an integrated approach to learning about our natural environment. We encourage students to think critically, question established dogma, and develop communication skills. In addition to a solid foundation of coursework, undergraduates are encouraged to join in the search for solutions to environmental problems by providing numerous research opportunities.
What to expect when you graduate
Biology graduates find jobs in biotechnology, health care, natural resource management, as veterinary assistants or staff in parks, zoos, or museums, or in pharmaceutical, biomedical, and environmental research. Many biology majors also go to medical schools or other health care professional schools, veterinary schools, and graduate programs in molecular/cellular biology, environment, health, conservation and other fields across the country.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Highlights
- Low faculty-to-student ratio - Most of our students work one-on-one with faculty members, which can lead to great recommendation letters for jobs or graduate school.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs in every major - Our college offers strong graduate programs, if students want to continue their education. The presence of graduate degrees in each major also boosts the prestige of the undergraduate programs.
- Longest-running exchange program - Students have the chance to spend a semester or year at the University of Salford in England, while those students come to UT and enrich our programs with an international perspective.
- Top-notch labs, spaces and equipment - We have some of the premier science facilities on campus — greenhouses, wet and dry labs, an arboretum, the Lake Erie Center on the banks of the lake and the Ritter Planetarium, which was fully renovated in 2011 - just to name a few.
- More chances for undergraduate research - We help students get into the lab and start researching with faculty members as undergraduates, whereas some schools don't offer this until graduate school.
Biology Bachelor's Degree Curriculum