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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 studies.

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
  • weekend excursions to places like the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park
  • international travel opportunities
  • 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, three boats, 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.

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The University of Tampa's undergraduate program provides a strong foundation for post-graduate work in the sciences as students are immersed in their major discipline while also touching on curricula that extend beyond the sciences. The nearly one-on-one environment fosters an opportunity for greater depth of knowledge and enables students to succeed in the following careers: Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine.

biology classroom

The Department of Biology offers students a wide selection of stimulating courses.

Biology Degrees

scuba diver

Students experience weekend field trips to remote locations like the Florida Keys, and even international travel courses.

Marine Science-Biology

Biology Lab

Many graduates attend top-tier graduate schools or professional programs.


Biology Research

Students are presented with many experiential learning opportunities.


Biology Lecture

Students have access to a wide array of facilities and scientific equipment.

Marine Science Field Station

Sarah Noonan scuba diving

"The University of Tampa has given me amazing opportunities way beyond my expectations. From conducting undergraduate research in the lab to scuba diving off of our research vessel, the BIOS II, I have gained a skill set at UT that I know will help me succeed in future endeavors."

— Sarah Noonan ’19, biology major, minors in marine science, environmental science, chemistry and sustainability