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B.S. in Biology

With a hands-on approach to learning, our bachelor's in biology degree program offers a current, relevant curriculum that prepares you for successful biology careers or graduate studies in the rapidly changing field. As a biology major, you'll develop knowledge and skills in biological techniques and instrumentation used by biologists across the globe, such as sterile techniques and DNA separation.

Choose from concentrations in:

  • Science Teacher Certification
  • Life Science Teacher Certification
  • Zoology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Botany
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • General Biology

What is Biology?

Biology is the natural science and study of living organisms, plants and animals and their structure, function, development, behavior, interactions and evolution. It encompasses many specialized fields, such as environmental science, ecology, molecular biology and wildlife biology. Biology careers often require an advanced degree.

Our biology bachelor's degree is a science-based degree with the opportunity for many hands-on experiences. Though we offer cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, we focus on ecology, molecular biology and environmental science, as opposed to human biology. We prepare our undergraduate students for graduate and professional school programs, as well as successful long-term careers in biology.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Biology?

Depending on your choice in concentration, you will be qualified after graduation for entry-level jobs such as:

  • Geneticist
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Zoologist
  • Ecologist
  • Botanist
  • Research Scientist or Analyst
  • Science Teacher
  • Professional Biologist

With lab and field research experience, you'll also be well-prepared to continue your education in graduate school, such as Tarleton's MS in Biology or MS in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Our graduates work in government, consulting, environmental science, business, pharmaceuticals, higher education and more.


How Much Do Biology Graduates Make?

The majority of biology majors earn an annual salary of $50,000 or more.

Why Major in Biology?

We offer a broad range of course work, lab and field research and other learning opportunities for hands-on experience in and out of the classroom.
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Participate in undergraduate research on and off campus

A big part of our bachelor's in biology degree program is participating in research projects. You have plenty of opportunities to get involved if you want to. As a biology major at Tarleton, you'll be welcomed and supported to find a research area that fits your interests and goals. This includes opportunities for funding, publication, presentations and other experiences that enrich your education and get you ready for graduate studies.

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Receive instruction and mentorship from passionate faculty

Some of us are journal editors, others are leaders in professional societies. Many of us specialize in diverse biology fields such as herpetology and virology. In addition to teaching classes, we provide mentorship to our undergraduate students, especially in their research interests, and have vast professional networks that can help connect you with research and job opportunities. We also lead field studies that you can get involved with.

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Explore diverse ecosystems in other countries

You can travel to the Caribbean to study non-indigenous ecosystems in tropical climates. The study abroad trip in biology is integrated with the curriculum, such as the Ecology and Evolution course. You'lll gain hands-on experience in ecology and field techniques that teach ecology and evolution.

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Join student activities to enhance your college experience

As a biology major, you may be particularly interested in getting involved with TriBeta, Tarleton Environmental Society, Tarleton Wildlife Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Environmental Club, Science Olympiad Contest, UIL contest, Plant Conversation Conference, American Society of Parasitologists and more. From the Bosque River Clean Up to working with local elementary schools, our biology majors also do a lot in the community.

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Get help paying for college with scholarships and financial aid

You may qualify for program scholarships for biology majors , private scholarships related to biology and science and other scholarships from the university. Biology majors can also apply for travel money, grants and additional undergraduate research funds from the Department of Biological Sciences.

What Classes Will You Take as a Biology Major?

The program course work is designed to provide you with core knowledge in biology that is applicable and adaptable to a variety of fields and jobs for a diverse pathway to many options in biology careers. Study topics in ecology and evolution, genetics and biotechniques, microbiology and cell biology.

The biology bachelor's degree program culminates in a capstone course, with a focus on statistics and writing. You'll synthesize research papers, write a review paper and lab report, and deliver a presentation. The capstone provides an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in the entire research process.

View all required classes for the biology bachelor's degree.


How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Biology?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in biology. We have the resources to help you get started.

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Choose from a wide range of research topics

Faculty and undergraduate students actively engage in a wide range of research areas, including ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and virology. Recent research studies and projects include Northern Bobwhite Quail restoration, crawfish frogs, investigations of biodiversity, parasitic microbes, river communities, native plants and more.

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Facilities and Resources

As a Tarleton biology major, you'll study and practice with specialized research equipment in the Aquatic Science Laboratory, Animal Collection Lab, physiological labs and more. For example, access an online database of animal and plant collections, operate a DNA sequencer for genetics research, conduct electro-shock sampling and set aquatic animal traps.

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External Funding Fellowship Program

This specialized cohort program prepares students for pursuing fellowships and graduate school. Biology majors in the program are taught how to develop well-crafted fellowship and external funding applications and receive a stipend.

Timberlake Biological Station

Timberlake Ranch and Biological Field Station provides a field classroom for undergraduate students to gain valuable, hands-on experience with research. Biology majors learn how to identify organisms, observe ecosystems and more.

What Bachelor's Degrees are Related to Biology?

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