Majors & Minors

What is Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms and their vital processes. Biology is a large field comprised of many specialized disciplines that study the structure, function, growth, distribution, evolution, or other features of living organisms. Biologists study humans, animals, plants, and the environments in which they live. Biology is important because it helps us understand how living things work and how they function and interact on multiple levels. Some common areas of biology include microbiology, genetics, ecology, genomics, and physiology. Biology is also a multidisciplinary field, with scientists collaborating in disciplines such as biochemistry, biotechnology, biophysics, and astrobiology.

The UTA Department of Biology offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree options, all designed to prepare students for careers in any number of industries, as well as in research or academia. The department’s faculty have won numerous awards for their teaching, research, and mentoring, and they work hard to equip their students with all the tools they need to become successful biologists. Our faculty members have robust, internationally recognized research programs which utilize state-of-the-art laboratories and cutting-edge technology, giving students an advantage when they look to enter the workforce. The department encourages undergraduate students to become active in lab and field research as early as possible.


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (General Biology Option)
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Secondary Life Sciences Teacher Certification (UTeach Arlington)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Secondary Composite Science Teacher Certification (UTeach Arlington)
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biology Fast-Track Program
  • Minor in Biology
  • Master of Science in Biology (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Biology (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology


  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Genomics
  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Environmental Genomics
  • Speciation Genetics
  • Herpetology
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecology/Behavioral Ecology
  • Macroecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Cell Biology
  • Mitochondria
  • Developmental Biology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Cellular Defenses of Marine Organisms
  • Virology
  • Systematics
  • Biogeography
  • Forensics