UT Dallas 2012 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology and Business Administration (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, Stephen Spiro, 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, David Murchison, Elizabeth Pickett, Ruben D. Ramirez, Scott A. Rippel, Ilya Sapozhnikov, Wen-Ho Yu

Transfer Students

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:

Introductory Biology with lab, BIOL 2311, 2312, and 2281
General Chemistry with lab, CHEM 1311, 1111, 1312, and 1112
Organic Chemistry with lab, CHEM 2323, 2123, 2325, and 2125
Calculus, MATH 2417 and 2419 (B.S. or B.A. degree); or Applied Calculus, MATH 1325, (B.A. degree only)
Physics with lab, calculus-based PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326 and 2126 (B.S. or B.A. degree); or algebra-based PHYS 1301, 1101, 1302, 1102 (B.A. degree only).

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 and Business Administration (Double Major)

Degree Requirements (149 semester credit hours)1

I. Core Curriculum Requirements2: 42 semester credit hours

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (BCOM 3311)3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
6 semester credit hours American History
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavior Sciences Elective (ECON 2301)3

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and MATH 2419)4

Science (9 semester credit hours)

9 semester credit hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111, CHEM 1312/1112 and CHEM 2123)

II. Major Requirements: 95 semester credit hours

Biology Major Preparatory Courses (17 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 21235 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 21255 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 23235 Introductory Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 23255 Introductory Organic Chemistry II
MATH 2417 Calculus I4
MATH 2419 Calculus II4
PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2125 Mechanics with Laboratory
PHYS 2326 and PHYS 2126 Electromagnetism and Waves with Laboratory

Biology Major Core Courses (36 semester credit hours)

BIOL 21115 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I
BIOL 21125 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II
BIOL 22815 Introductory Biology Laboratory
BIOL 23115 Introduction to Modern Biology I
BIOL 23125 Introduction to Modern Biology II
BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop
BIOL 3102 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology Workshop
BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I
BIOL 3162 Biochemistry Workshop II
BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics
BIOL 3302 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I
BIOL 3362 Biochemistry II
or BIOL 3335 Microbial Physiology
BIOL 3380 Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 4461 Biophysical Chemistry

Business Administration Major Preparatory Courses (15 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

ACCT 23015 Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 23025 Introductory Management Accounting
BLAW 23015 Business and Public Law
ECON 23015 Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 23025 Principles of Microeconomics
OPRE 33335 Quantitative Business Analysis
or MATH 23335 Matrices, Vectors and Their Application

Business Administration Core Courses (27 semester credit hours)

BCOM 3311 Business Communications3
BCOM 4350 Advanced Business Communications
FIN 3320 Business Finance
MIS 3300 Introduction to Management Information Systems
OPRE 3310 Operations Management
OBHR 3310 Organizational Behavior
MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing
BPS 4305 Strategic Management3
IMS 3310 International Business
STAT 3360 Probability and Statistics for Management and Economics
or STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences
or OPRE 3360 Managerial Decision Making under Uncertainty

III. Elective Requirements: 12 semester credit hours

Advanced Electives

All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. These may be satisfied with CHEM 2323 and 2325, counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

Guided Electives (12 semester credit hours)

Business (9 semester credit hours): To be selected from upper-level JSOM courses. If qualified, the student may select from JSOM graduate courses.
Biology (3 semester credit hours): To be selected from BIOL 4380, BIOL 3V96 (3 semester credit hours),6 BIOL 4391,6 or BIOL 4399 (3 semester credit hours).6
All students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division credit to graduate.
  1. Degree is 150 semester credit hours if students are required to take NATS 1101.
  2. 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.
  3. A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
  4. Six semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
  5. Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.
  6. Requires permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure training in recombinant DNA analysis.
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