Molecular biology is a fusion of the four disciplines of biochemistry, biophysics, genetics and cell biology. Modern biology requires a background in other disciplines such as chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer sciences. Principles from these disciplines have to be merged to understand and apply new biotechnology and genetic engineering techniques. Students should have a broad interest in the sciences.
Molecular biology graduates from UT Dallas arrive at graduate schools or in the workforce prepared to work in the modern biomedical sciences. Computational biology and an array of other contemporary and emerging disciplines are covered throughout the educational process, which ensures that our graduates are ready to excel in highly competitive, sophisticated science environments.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
Molecular biology students take core courses in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and biophysical chemistry. These courses can be combined with upper-level electives to create a minor in biomolecular structure, microbiology, molecular and cell biology or neurobiology. The choice can be further expanded to dual majors in biology or molecular biology with business administration or crime and justice studies.
The Department of Biological Sciences promotes an active academic advising program to assist undergraduates in designing an appropriate course of study that will satisfy requirements for graduation, and can be completed in four years in most cases.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. The hours required to complete the master’s degree are reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed.
High school students need an interest in science and aptitude for biology, chemistry and mathematics. A background in these classes will help ensure success at the undergraduate level.
UT Dallas’ School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students in biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics. In addition to regular coursework, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research alongside the faculty and graduate students. From the world-renowned Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, headed by Dr. Ray Baughman, to the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences—where Dr. John Hoffman helped discover water on Mars—the science education at UT Dallas is a hands-on, high quality experience for undergraduates and graduate students alike.
The UTeach Dallas program offers students the possibility of completing the requirements for high school teacher certification along with their regular BS or BA degrees.
Bachelor of Science: Actuarial science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, molecular biology, physics
Bachelor of Arts: Biology, chemistry, physics
Master of Science: Actuarial science, bioinformatics and computational biology, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Master of Arts: Teaching in mathematics education, teaching in science education
Doctor of Philosophy: Cell and molecular biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics
Postbaccalaureate certificate in biomedical science
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Dr. Dennis L. Miller
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies