BS in Biological Sciences

Return to: Degree Programs

Requirements for the BS degree in Biological Sciences consist of the general College of Science requirements: completion of at least 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 37 of which must be in upper division coursework and completion of the University's General Education Core, which includes mathematics requirements MATH 1411. In addition, MATH 1312 or STAT 2480 is required.

Fast Track

The Fast Tracks below are available for this program:

Degree Plans 

The BS in Biological Sciences has fours concentrations: Biomedical Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 7-12 Life Science Certification and 7-12 Science Certification. 

Concentration in Biomedical Science

 Students preparing for careers in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy or physician's assistant) or advanced degrees in cancer biology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, toxicology, etc. should consider the Biomedical Science option. For more information contact CORE advisors.

University Core C42
Designated Core C
Calculus I
MATH 1312Calculus II3-4
or STAT 2480 Elementary Statistical Methods
PHYS 1403
PHYS 1404
General Physics I
and General Physics II
8
or
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
Biomedical Concentration
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I C1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory C1
BIOL 1305General Biology C3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology C3
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3314
BIOL 3115
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
4
BIOL 4388Mammalian Physiology3
or ZOOL 4380 Vertebrate Physiology
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4181Vertebrate Physiology Methods1
Required Chemistry Courses:
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305 C
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C
CHEM 2324
CHEM 2124
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324 C
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325 C
4
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
Upper Division Electives
Select twelve hours of upper division courses from BIOL, BOT, CBCH, MICR, or ZOOL 1, 212
Major Electives:
Select an additional seven hours of BIOL, BOT, CBCH, MICR, or ZOOL, excluding BIOL 1103, BIOL 1104, BIOL 1203, BIOL 1303, BIOL 1304, BIOL 3351, BIOL 3357 and MICR 2330
Additional Coursework:
Select thirteen additional hours of upper division coursework 213
Total Hours120

Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Students preparing for careers and/or advanced degrees in such fields as ecology, evolutionary biology, systematics, zoology, plant science, conservation biology, or wildlife management should select the Ecology/Evolutionary Biology option.  The 24 semester hours allocated to Field of Study requirements provide an opportunity for the student to enhance their lower and upper division coursework opportunities across a large span of biological disciplines.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University Core C42
Designated Core C
Calculus I
MATH 1312Calculus II3
or STAT 2480 Elementary Statistical Methods
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
4
CHEM 1306
CHEM 1106
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
4
Choose one of the following sequences
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
and
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
or
General Physics I
and General Physics II
or
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
4
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory C
4
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
BIOL 3117
BIOL 3316
Ecology Laboratory
and Ecology
4
Select eight lower-division hours from: 2,C8
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Upper-division courses #1 3-4
Select one course from the following:
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Upper-division course #23-4
Select one course from the following:
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Entomology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Major Electives
Select seven to nine credit hours of which seven must be upper division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 27-9
Field of Study:
Select twenty-four hours with at least thirteen hours must be upper-division; any courses in CHEM, ESCI, GEOG, GEOP, or additional courses in BIOL, BOT, MICR or ZOOL are recommended; courses from all other subjects require departmental approval 224
Total Hours120

Concentration in 7-12 Life Science Certification 

The two Secondary Education Concentrations are for —Biological Sciences majors wishing to achieve secondary education certification as they complete the BS degree.  These options require a minor in Secondary Education that follows certification tracks for either Science or Life Science for grades 7-12. The major and minor requirements for these tracks are the same, but the additional science requirements are different for the Science versus Life Science certification. Adequate scores on state-administered examinations after completion of all coursework are also required for teacher certification. A UTEP overall and content area GPA must be at least 2.75 for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 

  • Education Concentration Required
    This minor requires the Secondary Education concentration.
    Background Check Required
    A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
    Life Science 7-12 Certification (All courses require a grade of C or better)
    Required Courses: 1
    CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
    CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
    General Chemistry
    General Chemistry
    Calculus I
    PHYS 1403General Physics I4
    Select One of the following3-4
    Calculus II
    Elementary Statistical Methods
    Geology Sequence:
    GEOL 1313
    GEOL 1103
    Intro to Physical Geology
    and Lab for GEOL 1313
    4
    University Core Curriculum
    Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
    Biology Major
    Required Courses:
    BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
    BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
    BIOL 1305General Biology3
    BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
    BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
    BIOL 3320Genetics3
    BIOL 3321Evolution3
    CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
    CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
    Required:4
    Ecology
    and Ecology Laboratory
    Select two courses of the following:8
    General Botany
    General Microbiology
    and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
    Vertebrate Zoology
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Select one of the following:4
    Mammalian Physiology
    Molecular Cell Biology
    and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
    Vertebrate Physiology
    and Vertebrate Physiology Methods
    Select one of the following:4
    Desert Ecology
    Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
    Entomology
    Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
    Birds and Mammals
    Select three hours from the following or another course with advisor approval:3
    Desert Ecology
    Special Problems
    Field Biology
    Additional Coursework:
    Select one or two additional hours of coursework1-2
    Secondary Education Minor
    Required Courses:
    EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
    RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
    SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
    SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
    SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
    SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
    Total Hours120

Concentration in 7-12 Science Certification

The two Secondary Education Concentrations are for —Biological Sciences majors wishing to achieve secondary education certification as they complete the BS degree.  These options require a minor in Secondary Education that follows certification tracks for either Science or Life Science for grades 7-12. The major and minor requirements for these tracks are the same, but the additional science requirements are different for the Science versus Life Science certification. Adequate scores on state-administered examinations after completion of all coursework are also required for teacher certification. A UTEP overall and content area GPA must be at least 2.75 for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. 

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Science 7-12 Certification (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 111
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Calculus I
General Physics I
General Physics II
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Intro to Physical Geology
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Historical Geol
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
Select one of the following:3
Calculus II
Elementary Statistical Methods
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Biology Major
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3192Professional Development Sem.1
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
Select two Courses of the following:8
Human Anat/Physiology I
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I
General Botany
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Select one of the following:3
Plants and People
Plant Ecology
Plant Diversity & Systematics
Select one of the following:3
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Animal Ecology
Entomology
Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles
Birds and Mammals
Additional Coursework:
Select an additional four upper-division hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL 24
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework 2
Total Hours120
 

Major Electives

BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I3
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II3
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 3330Histology3
BIOL 3342Plants and People3
BIOL 3360Quantitative Methods Ecology3
BIOL 3417Plant Ecology4
BIOL 3427Desert Ecology4
BIOL 4195Advanced Methods in Biology1
BIOL 4198Special Problems1
BIOL 4223Trans Electron Microscopy2
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4298Special Problems2
BIOL 4320Endocrinology3
BIOL 4322Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation3
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4325Field Biology3
BIOL 4326Bioarchaeology3
BIOL 4327Animal Ecology3
BIOL 4330Cancer Biology3
BIOL 4370History/Philosophy-Biology3
BIOL 4390Biological Practicum3
BIOL 4395Topics in Biology3
BIOL 4398Special Problems3
BIOL 4428Environmnt Stressor in Ecosyst4
BIOL 4466Ecosystem Ecology4
BOT 2410General Botany4
BOT 3330Comparative Plant Morphology3
BOT 3437Plant Diversity & Systematics4
MICR 3144Pathogenic Microbiology Lab1
MICR 3146Microbial Physiology Lab1
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
MICR 3343Pathogenic Microbiology3
MICR 3345Microbial Physiology3
MICR 3449Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics4
MICR 4154Immunology Laboratory1
MICR 4329Epidemiology3
MICR 4351General Virology3
MICR 4353Immunology3
MICR 4355Medical Mycology3
ZOOL 2406Vertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 2466Invertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 3464Medical Parasitology4
ZOOL 3468Entomology4
ZOOL 41551
ZOOL 4157Adv Vertebrate Paleontology1
ZOOL 4354Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vert Pale3
ZOOL 4356Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontol3
ZOOL 4384Neurobiology3
ZOOL 4476Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles4
ZOOL 4478Birds and Mammals4

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6