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Majors & Minors

Many biology majors at TCU are interested in attending medical, dental, or some other health professions school. Other students are interested in careers in academia or simply want to apply biology within relevant industries.

The hallmarks of the biology program include:

  • A committment to the teacher-scholar model in which faculty actively conduct research and incorporate the scientific discovery process into their courses.
  • Faculty teach all upper-level lectures and laboratories resulting in extensive interactions between faculty and students.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate students to work with faculty on a variety of research projects.

The Department of Biology offers two undergraduate degrees and a minor. Both the BS and BA degrees have five required courses (Unity of Life: Molecules to Cells, Diversity of Life: Organisms to Ecosystems, Introduction to Biological Investigation (Lab), Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology, and Ecology & the Environment), followed by upper-level biology electives, thus allowing students to focus on different sub disciplines of biology after first receiving a comprehensive overview of the field.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

BS Courses & Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Minor & foreign language required

BA Courses & Requirements

  • Earning a Biology minor at TCU requires the successful completion of 21 hours in Biology.
  • Recommended Biology courses: BIOL 10503 Unity and Cells, BIOL 30403 Ecology & the Environment, BIOL 10513 Diversity and Organisms or 30603 Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology, and BIOL 10523 Introduction to Biological Investigation.
  • Of the 21 hours, a minimum of 9 hours of upper-division (30000 or above) courses are required.

Minor Courses & Requirements


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