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Degree Plan Descriptions

An important aspect of the Department of Biology is that it offers a wider array of degrees than other departments at Texas A&M. This permits students to specialize in an area of particular interest while working toward their career goals. The Department offers seven undergraduate degree programs, which are outlined below. Detailed information about the degree plans described below is available from the Office of Undergraduate Advising.

Having a career goal in mind enables students to choose the most appropriate undergraduate curriculum and electives. Keep in mind: some careers in biology require advanced or specialized training.

B.A. in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program, through the availability of a large number of electives, gives the student a broad base in biology.  A minor for the B.A. degree usually requires a minimum of 18 hours, 6 or which must be in advanced courses and in a discipline other than biology. The B.A. program is recommended for students who intend to pursue further education in completion of requirements for teacher certification.

Degree Plans/checklists[Cat 139 (2016-2017)] [Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [Cat 137 (2014-2015)] [Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

B.S. in Biology

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology is designed so that students obtain a comprehensive, solid foundation in the branches of biology combined with a suitable measure of individual flexibility. This degree plan is recommended for students seeking teacher certification, preparing for biological graduate programs or any professional program (medicine, dentistry, etc.)

Degree Plans/checklists [Cat 139 (2016-2017)] [Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [Cat 137 (2014-2015)] [Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

B.S. in Microbiology

The  degree program in microbiology if designed to provide a comprehensive education in the biology of microorganisms.  A graduate of this program will have a thorough grounding in the classical areas of microbial physiology and biochemistry, microbial genetics, and in developing areas such as the molecular biology of microorganisms. This curriculum provides excellent training for a career in any one of many areas of industrial microbiology and public health services.  It is also an ideal preparation for advanced study or professional school in medicine, dentistry and other related fields, especially medical technology.

Degree Plans/checklists [Cat 139 (2016-2017)] [Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [Cat 137 (2014-2015)] [Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

B.S. in Molecular & Cell Biology

Students who select molecular and cell biology as their major will receive a strong background in the cellular and molecular aspects of biology with a particular emphasis on higher organisms (eukaryotic plants and animals). This major provides an appropriate foundation for a career in biotechnology, genetic engineering, M.D./Ph.D. programs or basic biological research.

Degree Plans/checklists [Cat 139 (2016-2017)] [Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [Cat 137 (2014-2015)] [Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

B.S. in Zoology

Zoology deals with all aspects of the study of animals from physiology and anatomy to ecology and systematics. Students with this baccalaureate degree may obtain employment directly in teaching, environmental firms, laboratories, etc. Many graduates enter into advanced studies in zoology, into specialized fields in agriculture and renewable resources, or into such professional fields as medicine, dentistry, medical technology and other health-related areas.  The B.S. degree in Zoology is also awarded to students who complete the three year Early Admission Option to Professional Schools and one year of professional school.

Degree Plans/checklists [Cat 139 (2016-2017)] [Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [Cat 137 (2014-2015)] [Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

International & Cultural Diversity

International & Cultural Diversity (ICD) is a separate requirement for all Texas A&M University undergraduate students.  A course used to meet ICD will always at least be a free elective, but some ICD courses may also meet other areas of the core curriculum.  This list is organized by the different core areas. Always confirm the course will meet ICD by checking the “Attribute” column in the online schedule of classes.  If a course will satisfy a portion of ICD, it will list the attribute “Univ Req-Int’l&Cult Div (UICD)”.

[Cat 138 (2015-2016)] [ Cat 136 (2013-2014)] [Cat 135 (2012-2013)]

For students following the 2014-2015 degree plans onward:  Please refer to for your course selections.

Undergraduate Program in Biological and Mathematical Sciences at Texas A&M University

A collaboration between the departments of Biology, Mathematics and Statistics with broad participation among faculty in several Colleges across campus. The goal of this program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to train students in quantitative approaches, including mathematical, statistical, and computational techniques, to fundamental problems in the life sciences. For more information, visit