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 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
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 hours)1
I. Core Curriculum Requirements2: 42 hours
Communication (6 hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
II. Major Requirements: 95 hours
Biology Major Preparatory Courses (17 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 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 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 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 hours
- All students are required to take at least six 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 hours)
- Business (9 hours): To be selected from upper-level JSOM courses. If qualified, the student may select from JSOM graduate courses.
- Biology (3 hours): To be selected from BIOL 4380, BIOL 3V96 (3 hours),6 BIOL 4391,6 or BIOL 4399 (3 hours).6
- All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to graduate.
- Degree is 150 hours if students are required to take NATS 1101.
- 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.
- A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
- Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
- Indicates a prerequisite class to be completed before enrolling for upper-division classes.
- Requires permission of the Biology Undergraduate Advisor to ensure training in recombinant DNA analysis.