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Department of Biology

The Department of Biology offers students a wide selection of stimulating courses catering to degrees in biology, marine science-biology, marine science-chemistry, biology-business, and environmental science.

Recent graduates who have chosen to major in these fields have established successful careers in many governmental agencies and the private sector. Additionally, many graduates attend top-tier graduate schools or professional programs. The foundation for their success was gained through the hands-on educational experience and personalized attention afforded through The University of Tampa.

Students studying any of the biological fields are presented with many experiential learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including rigorous laboratory exercises, class field trips and weekend excursions to places like the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park, as well as courses with international travel opportunities, and even semester-long study abroad programs.

Internships are available in many disciplines and locations, including local agencies, medical offices, and consulting firms. A number of faculty-led collaborative research opportunities are also available for exceptional students, providing direct exposure to the concepts, methods, and technologies utilized in their chosen field. Exceptional students have myriad opportunities to enter into funded research collaborations with faculty, obtain summer funding for their own independent research, and present the results of their research at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed literature.

Students also have access to a wide array of facilities and scientific equipment, including the Marine Science Field Station, a state-of-the-art DNA sequencer, an electrophoretic gel imaging and documentation system and a Nanodrop™ Spectrophotometer. The Department is also affiliated with a number of other local and regional universities, research stations, and aquariums, facilitating numerous internships and employment opportunities.


What I achieved at UT is beyond what I could have ever imagined. It all started in my freshman year with a simple email to a marine science professor offering to assist in the marine botany lab. The next thing I knew, I was conducting research and presenting my results at regional academic conferences."

— Kate Hargenrader ’14, marine science-biology major, environmental science minor