School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Molecular Biology (B.S.)
The Biology Program at UT Dallas emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular nature of organisms. At the center of the Biology undergraduate curriculum are the biochemical, genetic, and cell biology concepts and tools used to study the genes of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, to study the proteins and ribonucleic acids (RNA) encoded by these genes, and to study how the expression of these genes is regulated during the development and lifetimes of organisms. Molecular Biology represents a fusion of the four disciplines of biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and cell biology. Modern biology requires a background in other disciplines such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer sciences. Principles from these disciplines have to be merged to understand and apply new biotechnology and genetic engineering techniques. It is desirable for entering students to have a broad interest and background in the sciences.
Both B.S. and B.A. degrees are offered in Biology at UT Dallas; a B.S. degree is offered in Molecular Biology. The B.S. degrees are intended as preparation for scientific careers in biology or careers in the health professions. The B.A. degree is intended as liberal arts biology major with less emphasis on calculus and more free semester credit hours for course work in other disciplines. Each degree in Biology offers a streamlined double major with Business Administration or Crime and Justice Studies. Five-year Fast Track B.S. / M.S. Biology and Molecular Biology degree programs are available.
Minors are offered in Biology, Biomolecular Structure, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Neurobiology.
Professors: Lee A. Bulla, Santosh D'Mello, Rockford K. Draper, Juan González, Donald M. Gray, Stephen D. Levene, Lawrence J. Reitzer, Li Zhang, Michael Q. Zhang
Associate Professors: Gail A.M. Breen, John G. Burr, Jeff L. DeJong, Ernest M. Hannig, Dennis L. Miller
Assistant Professors: Tianbing Xia, Zhenyu Xuan, Hyuntae Yoo
Professor Emeritus: Hans Bremer, Claud S. Rupert
Senior Lecturers: Irina Borovkov, Mehmet Candas, Vincent P. Cirillo, Wen-ju Lin, Robert C. Marsh, Ruben D. Ramirez, David Murchison, Elizabeth Pickett, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu
Students transferring into Biology or Molecular Biology at the junior level in either the B.S. or the B.A. programs are expected to have completed courses equivalent to:
Junior-level transfer students deficient in these lower-division requirements may satisfy the requirements with courses taken at UT Dallas; however, students deficient in the biology and chemistry requirements may be delayed in entering upper-division biology courses.
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology
Degree Requirements (129 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 semester credit hours
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours)
II. Major Requirements: 68-69 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses (20-21 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Core Courses (36 semester credit hours)
Major Related Courses (12 semester credit hours)6
III. Elective Requirements: 18-19 semester credit hours
Free Electives (18-19 semester credit hours)
Minor in Biology
Minor in Biology
Minor in Biomolecular Structure
Minor in Molecular and Cell Biology
Minor in Microbiology
Minor in Neurobiology
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
UT Dallas undergraduate students with strong academic records, including at least 15 semester credit hours of upper-division Biology core courses, who intend to pursue graduate work in Biology at UT Dallas, may apply for the Fast Track which involves taking selected graduate courses as an upper-division student. After admission to the graduate program, 15 semester credit hours of graduate courses with an earned grade of B or better can be used toward completion of the B.S. and to satisfy requirements for those courses at the graduate level. Graduate courses must be approved by the graduate advisor. This program provides an opportunity to obtain the B.S. degree in Biology after 124 semester credit hours of work and an M.S. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology after an additional 21 semester credit hours of graduate course and research work. Interested students should contact the Biology undergraduate advisor well in advance of the senior year to prepare a degree plan taking maximal advantage of this 5-year Fast Track program.
Upper-division biology courses taken at other institutions may be included as part of the degree plan subject to the provisions of the section on Transfer Admissions.
Major-related courses may not include more than 9 semester credit hours (B.S.) or 6 semester credit hours (B.A.) of upper-division transfer credit and not more than 3 semester credit hours (Biology major) or 6 semester credit hours (Molecular Biology major) of individual instruction (e.g., BIOL 3V90, BIOL 3V91, BIOL 3V92, BIOL 3V95, BIOL 3V96, BIOL 4302, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, BIOL 4V98, or BIOL 4V99).
Students planning a career in a particular allied health profession should consult the school they expect to attend to apprise themselves of the course requirements for admission.
Admission standards for medical and dental schools are set by the individual professional school, whose specific requirements should be reviewed with the help of the UT Dallas Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC). Most professional schools prefer that admission applications be channeled through the HPAC.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- Molecular Biology majors may choose BIOL 4337, BIOL 4390, BIOL 4391, BIOL 4398, BIOL 4399, NATS 4310 or another approved Biology elective to fulfill the Core Curriculum Communication Elective.
- Six semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
- Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.
- These substitutes for BIOL 4380 require permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure equivalent training in recombinant DNA analysis.
- Up to 6 semester credit hours of research may be used in fulfilling the major related course requirement.
- Two semester credit hours of BIOL 3V20 may be used to satisfy the upper level elective requirement for Biology and Molecular Biology majors.
- May be substituted with CHEM 2325 Introductory Chemistry II if used to satisfy the Biochemistry II core requirement for Biology and Molecular Biology majors.