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Live and study among the trees

SFA offers the type of field experience – thousands of acres of forest near campus – that you simply cannot find among the concrete jungles surrounding urban universities.

The faculty in the Department of Biology believe that our students should get their hands dirty, grow their minds in the field and engage their curiosity in our high-tech labs. That means even undergraduate students are working right alongside their professors, helping them address cutting-edge questions and further their understanding of the biological world.

Setting careers abloom

Work towards a fulfilling career using your degree in biology with an emphasis on botany. Botanists work for industries and government agencies, as well as teach in the classroom. Become part of the SFA Lumberjack impact on the world as you work to preserve natural resources or utilize plants in the development of life-saving medicines. If your biology degree leads you to a graduate school, you will find yourself well-prepared with a strong academic foundation for further studies as a biological researcher.

Undergraduate programs and requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology majors must fulfill requirements of at least 40 semester hours of biology, in addition to the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree for the College of Science and Mathematics. Required biology core courses include:

  • Biology (20 hours): 125, 130, 131, 133, 341 and 470

Botany emphasis

Biology majors choosing to pursue an emphasis in botany complete the following courses:

  • Physiology/Anatomy (3-4 hours): 401 or 404
  • Plant diversity (3-4 hours): 351 or 435
  • Mycology or plant pathology (3 hours): 312 or 424
  • Advanced elective (3-4 hours): 313, 370, 402, 403 or 431
  • Major electives (6-8 hours): courses selected in consultation with an academic advisor

*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements


Department of Biology

Physical Address:
Miller Science Building
Suite 101

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13003, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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