School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology (B.S.)

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.

Faculty

Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan González, Steven R. Goodman, Donald M. Gray, Stephen D. Levene, Betty S. Pace, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang, Michael Q. Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. DeJong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller
Assistant Professors: Tianbing Xia, Zhenyu Xuan
Professor Emeritus: Hans Bremer, Claud S. Rupert
Senior Lecturers: Irina Borovkov, Mehmet Candas, Vincent P. Cirillo, Wen-ju Lin, Robert C. Marsh, Ruben D. Ramirez, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu,

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:

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 Science in Molecular Biology Degree Requirements (129 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 41 hours

  1. 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
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
    6 hours American History
    3 hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419)3
  5. 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: 68-69 hours

Major Preparatory Courses (20-21 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

Major Core Courses (36 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
    BIOL 4380 Cell & Molecular Biology Laboratory
    or BIOL 3V96 (3 hours) Undergraduate Research in Molecular and Cell Biology4
    or BIOL 4399 (3 hours) Senior Honors Research in Molecular and Cell Biology4
    or BIOL 4391 (3 hours) Senior Research in Molecular and Cell Biology 4
    BIOL 4461 Biophysical Chemistry

Major Related Courses (12 hours) 5

12 hours upper-division approved molecular biology-related BIOL or CHEM electives

2 Molecular Biology majors may choose BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, 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 These substitutes for BIOL 4380 require permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure equivalent training in recombinant DNA analysis.
5 Up to 6 hours of research may be used in fulfilling the major related course requirement.
* Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.

III. Elective Requirements: 18-19 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 (18-19 hours)

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

Minor in Biology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Two BIOL electives for majors

Minor in Biomolecular Structure

Course Requirements: 18 hours

    BIOL 3336 Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
    BIOL 4461 Biophysical Chemistry, unless taken to fulfill the Molecular Biology major requirements
    BIOL 4261 Biomolecular Modeling
    CHEM 2323 and 2325 Introductory Organic Chemistry I and II
One to two approved BIOL, CHEM, CS, EE, MATH, or PHYS electives

Minor in Molecular and Cell Biology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

Four approved molecular and cell biology electives

Minor in Microbiology

Course Requirements: 18 hours

One approved microbiology elective

1Two hrs of BIOL 3V20 may be used to satisfy the upper level elctive 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.

Molecular Biology and Business Administration (B.S.)

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.

Faculty

Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan González, Steven R. Goodman, Donald M. Gray, Stephen D. Levene, Betty S. Pace, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang, Michael Q. Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. DeJong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller
Assistant Professors: Tianbing Xia, Zhenyu Xuan
Professor Emeritus: Hans Bremer, Claud S. Rupert
Senior Lecturers: Irina Borovkov, Mehmet Candas, Vincent P. Cirillo, Wen-ju Lin, Robert C. Marsh, Ruben D. Ramirez, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu

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:

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 Science in Molecular Biology and Business Administration
Degree Requirements (Double Major: 140 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

  1. Communication (6 hours)
    3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
    3 hours Communication Elective (BA 3311)2
  2. 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
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419)3
  5. 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: 86 hours

Biology Major Preparatory Courses (17 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

Biology Major Core Courses (33 hours)

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 3311 Business Communications2
    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): To be selected from BIOL 4380, BIOL 3V96 (3 hours)4 , BIOL 43914 or BIOL 4399 (3 hours)4
All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to graduate.

4 Requires permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure training in recombinant DNA analysis.

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Criminology
Degree Requirements (Double Major: 128-129 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
  4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
    6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419)4
  5. 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: 77-78 hours

Biology Major Preparatory Courses (20-21 hours beyond Core Curriculum)

Biology Major Core Courses (36 hours)

Criminology Major Preparatory Course (No hours beyond Core Curriculum)

Criminology Core Courses (24 hours)

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: 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)

Criminology and Related Electives (9 hours).

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

Biology (3 hours): To be selected from BIOL 4380, BIOL 3V96 (3 hours)5, BIOL 4391 or BIOL 4399 (3 hours) 5

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

5 Requires permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure training in recombinant DNA analysis.