Biology Majors and Minors

The Department of Biology offers five majors and three minors, in which multiple tracks or "concentrations" are available, and some of which are closely linked to other degree programs or departments.

Majors

Bachelor of Science in Biology: This broad but intensive program can be tailored to fit nearly any career path, including preparation for governmental or private sector employment in the field or in the lab, as well as preparation for graduate studies and acceptance to degree programs in health-related fields. Four concentrations are available in this degree program: general biology, molecular biology, pre-professional biology and biology-business.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Recently added to the list of degrees offered at UT, the B.A. in Biology is similar to the B.S. in Biology, but allows additional flexibility for students preparing for a career or graduate program that relies less on courses in chemistry and physics. Two concentrations are available in this degree program: general biology and organismal and evolutionary biology.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology: This rigorous double major combines the specialization of a marine science curriculum with the conceptual and taxonomic breadth of a general biology curriculum. Numerous experiential learning, internship, and faculty-led research opportunities are available through the UT Marine Science Field Station and elsewhere.

Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Chemistry: This rigorous double major is for students seeking to combine the marine science degree with the specific knowledge and skill sets acquired with a Chemistry degree. Numerous experiential learning and faculty-led research opportunities are available in the departments of chemistry and biology, the UT Marine Science Field Station and elsewhere.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science: This comprehensive degree blends the general concepts of biology with more applied fields such as Earth science, chemistry, economics, and policy to enable graduates to study, understand, solve, and hopefully prevent the environmental problems faced by this and future generations.

Minors

Minor in Biology: A valuable addition to the degree programs of students pursuing degrees that require a basic knowledge of the natural world, such as chemistry, physics, psychology, exercise science, and any other degree that might be strengthened by a general knowledge of biological principles.

Minor in Environmental Science: A common selection for students pursuing majors that require a basic knowledge of environmental issues, their economic and sociological effects, their implications on policy, law, legislation, and regulations, and potential solutions. This minor can compliment business, pre-law, political science, and any other major that would be strengthened by a demonstrated knowledge of environmental problems, solutions, economics and policy.

Minor in Marine Biology
: With the increasing number of marine-related issues in the world today, such as declining commercial fisheries and the potential effects of global warming, this is a valuable addition to degrees in chemistry, business, political science, and any other major that requires, or would be augmented by a specific knowledge of marine organisms, systems, impacts and conservation.

Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Professional Biology Concentration: Students majoring in biology who are interested in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and veterinary medicine) typically will follow the pre-professional concentration. By majoring in biology students take most or all of the required pre-requisite courses as part of their degree program.

Biology Education Degrees

Students interested in pursuing a career in biology secondary education also have the option to pursue the Biology Education Major. University of Tampa biology graduates will have a solid foundation for pursuing graduate programs in biology education programs, such as UT’s Masters in Education degree. These programs combine contemporary scientific knowledge with rigorous teaching skills to prepare graduates for careers in public and private education systems, which now require advanced degrees in nearly all 50 states. Both of these programs are offered through the Department of Education.