BS in Biological Sciences

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-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

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
PHYS 1403
PHYS 1404
General Physics I
and General Physics II
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
BIOL 4388Mammalian Physiology3
MICR 2340
MICR 2141
General Microbiology
and Gen Microbiology Laboratory
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
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325 C
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
Math Sequence
MATH 1312Calculus II3
or STAT 2480 Elementary Statistical Methods
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
1 BIOL 3320 Genetics is strongly recommended
2 BIOL 3115, 3314, 3351, 3357, 4388, and ZOOL 4380 cannot be taken as upper-division electives For Premed students CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Metabol & Bioenerg is strongly recommended
C Course requires a grade of C or better
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 3320Genetics3
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 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4298Special Problems2
BIOL 4320Endocrinology3
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4325Field Biology3
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 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 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 (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
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
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. 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 one of the following:1-4
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
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
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 Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
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 (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
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 (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6