School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Molecular Biology and Business Administration (BS)
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 BS and BA degrees are offered in Biology at UT Dallas; a BS degree is offered in Molecular Biology. The BS degrees are intended as preparation for scientific careers in biology or careers in the health professions. The BA degree is intended as liberal arts biology major with less emphasis on calculus and more free hours for coursework in other disciplines. Each degree in Biology offers a streamlined double major with Business Administration or Crime and Justice Studies. Five-year Fast Track BS/ MS Biology and Molecular Biology degree programs are available.
Minors are offered in Biology, Biomolecular Structure, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Neurobiology.
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Business Administration (Double Major)
Degree Requirements (144 hours)1
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 hours2
Communication (6 hours)
3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
6 hours American History
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
Science (9 hours)
II. Major Requirements: 93 hours
Biology Major Preparatory Courses (17 hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Biology Major Core Courses (33 hours)
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 (16 hours beyond Core Curriculum)
BA 3100 Professional Development
Business Core Courses (27 hours)
BCOM 4350 Advanced Business Communication
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 Management
IMS 3310 International Business
STAT 3360 Probability and Statistics for Management and Economics
or STAT 3332 Statistics for Life Sciences
or OPRE 3360 Managerial Methods in Decision Making Under Uncertainty
III. Elective Requirements: 9 hours
Guided Electives (9 hours)
Business (6 hours): To be selected from upper-division JSOM courses. If qualified, the student may select from JSOM graduate courses.
All students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division courses to graduate.
1. Degree is 145 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. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
4. Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and 2 hours of Calculus are counted as Biology 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.