The study of life
As you begin a new chapter in your life amidst the gorgeous East Texas Piney Woods that surround SFA, it is only natural to think deeply about the ecosystem that surrounds you. You might find yourself wondering how treefrogs communicate, which pharmaceuticals are derived from fungi or what principles of sexual selection fish use in choosing their mates.
Turn these curiosities into a serious course of study by pursuing a degree in biology. At SFA, world-class professors will lead you through an exploration of the organismal world. You’ll learn to problem-solve through the framework of the scientific method. And along the way, you’ll gain a refined perspective of life’s intricate beauty and its challenging complexity.
A natural career path
A biology degree provides a broad platform from which to jump into professional life. Make important scientific discoveries in lab or fieldwork, practice healthcare with further studies in medical, dental or veterinary school, or guide students through the study of life by teaching what you have learned.
Get your hands dirty
The majestic forests in East Texas are among the most diverse ecosystems in the nation, and you will get up close and personal with the life within them. At SFA, we keep class sizes small and give you plenty of time in the field and the lab, working alongside your professors. You will graduate with levels of experience in research and field work that are hard to come by at other universities.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Earning a biology degree prepares you for several rewarding careers, such as a researcher, medical practitioner or teacher. The degree offers several concentrations and areas of study, ensuring that you can choose coursework that aligns with your interests and career goals. Students interested in a biology major can choose to pursue specializations in a number of disciplines, including:
Students should consult an advisor to determine specific degree requirements.
A minimum grade of C is required in all courses that are prerequisites to a biology course.
Biology students should consult with the College of Education for requirements for educator certification, which includes 36 hours of biology course requirements.
Check out a Sample Degree Plan for Life Science Certification (Grade 8-12)
A biology minor gives you a solid basis of understanding in biology and provides the opportunity to explore specialty topics within the discipline. You can expand on core knowledge by selecting from a diverse range of specialized upper division biology courses. The minor requires 20-23 hours of biology, including the following:
- BIO 130 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology; 3 credit hours
- BIO 131 Principles of Botany; 4 credit hours
- BIO 133 Principles of Zoology; 4 credit hours
- BIO Electives (3 additional upper division courses); 9-12 credit hours
Pre-Health Professions Program
Biology students seeking a career in health care may join the Pre-Health Professions Program for guidance on meeting admissions requirements to professional schools and allied health programs. Learn more about SFA’s Pre-Health Professions Program.
*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements