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Molecular Biology and Business Administration (B.S.)

Molecular Biology and Criminology (B.S.)

Physics (B.A., B.S.)

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biology (B.A., B.S.) and Molecular Biology (B.S.)

 

Faculty

Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan González, Steven R. Goodman, Donald M. Gray, Stephen D. Levene, Robert M. Marsh, Betty S. Pace, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. DeJong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller
Assistant Professors: Tianbing Xia
Professor Emeritus: Hans Bremer, Claud S. Rupert
Senior Lecturers: Vincent P. Cirillo, Robert C. Marsh, John Moltz, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov

The Biology Program at UT Dallas emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular nature of organisms. At the center of the Biology undergraduate curriculum are the biochemical, genetic, and cell biology concepts and tools used to study the genes of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, to study the proteins and ribonucleic acids (RNA) encoded by these genes, and to study how the expression of these genes is regulated during the development and lifetimes of organisms. Molecular Biology represents 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. It is desirable for entering students to have a broad interest and background in the sciences.

Both B.S. and B.A. degrees are offered in Biology at UT Dallas; a B.S. degree is offered in Molecular Biology. The B.S. degrees are intended as preparation for scientific careers in biology or careers in the health professions. The B.A. degree is intended as liberal arts biology major with less emphasis on calculus and more free hours for course work in other disciplines. Each degree in Biology offers a streamlined double major with Business Administration or Crime and Justice Studies. Five-year Fast Track B.S./M.S. Biology and Molecular Biology degree programs are available.

Minors are offered in Biology, Biomolecular Structure, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Neurobiology.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into Biology or Molecular Biology at the junior level in either the B.S. or the B.A. programs are expected to have completed courses equivalent to:
Introductory Biology with lab, BIOL 2311, 2312, and 2281
General Chemistry with lab, CHEM 1311, 1111, 1312, and 1112
Organic Chemistry with lab, CHEM 2323, 2123, 2325, and 2125
Calculus, MATH 2417 and 2419 (B.S. or B.A. degree); or Applied Calculus, MATH 1325, (B.A. degree only)
Physics with lab, calculus-based PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326 and 2126 (B.S. or B.A. degree); or algebra-based PHYS 1301, 1101, 1302, 1102 (B.A. degree only).

Junior-level transfer students deficient in these lower-division requirements may satisfy the requirements with courses taken at UT Dallas; however, students deficient in the biology and chemistry requirements may be delayed in entering upper-division biology courses.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology
Degree Requirements (124 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399 or NATS 4310)2

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

6 hours Calculus (MATH 2413 and 2414) - BA or BS3

or Applied Calculus and Statistics for Life Sciences (MATH 1325 and STAT 3332) -BA only

E. Science (9 hours)

9 hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112 and 2123)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 53 - 61 hours (53-55, B.A.; 61, B.S.)

Major Preparatory Courses (16-18 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/ 1112 General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory

CHEM 2323*/2123* and 2325/2125 Introductory Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus and 2414 Integral Calculus (BA or BS)

or MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I

and STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences (BA only)

PHYS 3341/3041/1101 Physics for Bio Science I with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1301/1101 College Physics I with Laboratory (BA only)

PHYS 3342/3041/1102 Physics for Bio Science II with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1302/1102 College Physics II with Laboratory (BA only)

Major Core Courses (29-32 hours)

BIOL 2281* Introductory Biology Laboratory

BIOL 2111* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop

BIOL 2112* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II

BIOL 2311* Introduction to Modern Biology IĀ 

BIOL 2312* Introduction to Modern Biology II

BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop

BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop

BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I

BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II

BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics

BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology

BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I

BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II

or BIOL 3335 Microbial Physiology

BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory

BIOL 4380 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (BS only)

Major Related Courses (9-12 hours)4

9 hours upper-division BIOL electives (BA only)

12 hours upper-division BIOL electives (BS only)

2 Biology majors may choose BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399 or NATS 4310 or another approved Biology elective to fulfill the Core Curriculum Communication Elective.
3 Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
4 Up to 3 hours of individual instruction may be used in fulfilling this requirement.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 21 - 29 hours

Advanced Electives

All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. These may be satisfied with CHEM 2323 and 2325, counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

Free Electives (21 hours for BS; 27-29 hours for BA)

All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to graduate.

 

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology and Business Administration
Degree Requirements (Double Major - 134-136 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BA 4305)2

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective (ECON 2301)2

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

6 hours Calculus (MATH 2413 and 2414)3 - BA or BS

or Applied Calculus (MATH 1325 and 1326) - BA only

E. Science (9 hours)

9 hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112 and 2123)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 80-82 hours

Biology Major Preparatory Courses (15-17 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

CHEM 2123* Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 2125* Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 2323* Introductory Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2325*Introductory Organic Chemistry II

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus and 2414 Integral Calculus (BA or BS)3

or MATH 1325 and 1326 Applied Calculus I and II (BA only)

PHYS 3341/3041/1101 Physics for BioScience I with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1301/1101 College Physics I with Laboratory (BA only)

PHYS 3342/3042 Physics for BioScience II with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1302/1102 College Physics II with Laboratory (BA only)

Biology Major Core Courses (29 hours)

BIOL 2111* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I

BIOL 2112* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II

BIOL 2281* Introductory Biology Laboratory

BIOL 2311* Introduction to Modern Biology I

BIOL 2312* Introduction to Modern Biology II

BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop

BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop

BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I

BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II

BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics

BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology

BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I

BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II

or BIOL 3335 Microbial Physiology

BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory

Business Administration Major Preparatory Courses (15 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

AIM 2301* Introductory Financial Accounting

AIM 2302* Introductory Management Accounting

BA 2301* Business and Public Law

ECON 2301* Principles of Macroeconomics2

ECON 2302* Principles of Microeconomics

MATH 2333* Matrices, Vectors and Their Application

Business Administration Core Courses (21 hours)

BA 3341 Business Finance

BA 3351 Introduction to Management Information Systems

BA 3352 Production Management

BA 3361 Organizational Behavior

BA 3365 Principles of Marketing

BA 4305 Strategic Management2

BA 4371 International Business

STAT 3360 Probability and Statistics for Management and Economics

or STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences

2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
3 Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 12 hours

Advanced Electives

All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. These may be satisfied with CHEM 2323 and 2325, counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

Guided Electives (12 hours)

Business Administration (9 hours): To be selected from AIM and BA courses.

Biology (3 hours): BIOL 4380 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (must be taken for the Biology elective in BS
only). All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to graduate.

 

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology and Criminology
Degree Requirements (Double Major ā€“ 122-124 hours)

I.Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, CRIM 3300, or NATS 4310)2

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective (ECON 2301 or 2302)3

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

6 hours Calculus (MATH 2413 and 2414)4 ā€“ BA or BS

or Applied Calculus (MATH 1325) and either Statistics for Life Sciences (STAT 3332) or Introduction to Social Statistics with Laboratory (SOCS 3405) ā€“ BA only

E. Science (9 hours)

9 hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112 and 2123)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 68-70 hours

Biology Major Preparatory Courses (15-17 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

CHEM 2123* Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 2125* Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 2323* Introductory Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2325* Introductory Organic Chemistry II

MATH 2413 Differential Calculus and 2414 Integral Calculus (BA or BS)3

or MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I

and either STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences

or SOCS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab (BA only)

PHYS 3341/3041/1101 Physics for BioScience I with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1301/1101 College Physics I with Laboratory (BA only)

PHYS 3342/3042/1102 Physics for BioScience II with Recitation/Laboratory (BA or BS)

or PHYS 1302/1102 College Physics II with Laboratory (BA only)

Biology Major Core Courses (32 hours)

BIOL 2111* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I

BIOL 2112* Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II

BIOL 2281* Introductory Biology Laboratory

BIOL 2311* Introduction to Modern Biology I

BIOL 2312* Introduction to Modern Biology II

BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop

BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop

BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I

BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II

or BIOL 3335 Microbial Physiology

BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics

BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology

BIOL 3318 Forensic Biology

BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I

BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II

BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory

Crime and Justice Studies Major Preparatory Course (No hours beyond Core Curriculum)

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics3

Crime and Justice Studies Core Courses (18 hours)

CRIM 3300 Crime and Civil Liberties

CRIM 3301 Theories of Justice

or another Social Science course with a distributive justice emphasis such as SOC 4361 Law and Society, or ECON 4320 Public Sector Economics

CRIM 3302 Advanced Criminology

CRIM 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice

CRIM 3304 Research Methods in Crime and Justice Studies

CRIM 3319 Comparative Justice Systems

CRIM 4305 Social Control and Criminal Sanctions

CRIM 4321 Senior Research Seminar

2 Double majors may choose BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, CRIM 3301, PSCI 3325, NATS 4310 or another approved Biology elective to fulfill the Core Curriculum Communication Elective.
3 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
4 Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 15 hours

Advanced Electives

All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. These may be satisfied with CHEM 2323 and 2325, counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

Guided Electives (15 hours)

Biology (6 hours): BIOL 4380 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (must be taken for one of the Biology electives in BS only).

Crime and Justice Studies and Related Electives (9 hours): All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-
division credit to graduate.

Minor in Biology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Minor in Biomolecular Structure

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Minor in Molecular and Cell Biology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Minor in Microbiology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

1 Two hrs of BIOL 3V20 may be used to satisfy the Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory core requirement for Biology and Molecular Biology majors.
2 May be substituted with CHEM 2325 Introductory Chemistry II if used to satisfy the Biochemistry II core requirement for Biology and Molecular Biology majors.

Minor in Neurobiology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

UT Dallas undergraduate students with strong academic records, including at least 15 hours of upper-division Biology core courses, who intend to pursue graduate work in Biology at UT Dallas, may apply for the Fast Track which involves taking selected graduate courses as an upper-division student. After admission to the graduate program, 15 hours of graduate courses with an earned grade of B or better can be used toward completion of the B.S. and to satisfy requirements for those courses at the graduate level. Graduate courses must be approved by the graduate advisor. This program provides an opportunity to obtain the B.S. degree in Biology after 124 hours of work and an M.S. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology after an additional 21 hours of graduate course and research work. Interested students should contact the Biology undergraduate advisor well in advance of the senior year to prepare a degree plan taking maximal advantage of this 5-year Fast Track program.

Degree Planning

Upper-division biology courses taken at other institutions may be included as part of the degree plan subject to the provisions of the section on Transfer Admissions.

Major-related courses may not include more than 9 hours (B.S.) or 6 hours (B.A.) of upper-division transfer credit and not more than 3 hours (Biology major) or 6 hours (Molecular Biology major) of individual instruction (e.g., BIOL 3V90, BIOL 3V91, BIOL 3V92, BIOL 3V95, BIOL 3V96, BIOL 4302, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, BIOL 4V98, or BIOL 4V99).

Students planning a career in a particular allied health profession should consult the school they expect to attend to apprise themselves of the course requirements for admission.

Admission standards for medical and dental schools are set by the individual professional school, whose specific requirements should be reviewed with the help of the UT Dallas Health Professions Education Advisors. Most professional schools prefer that admission applications be channeled through the Health Professions Education Office.