Undergraduate Program

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar teaching a hands-on undergraduate class. Dr. Karolina Mukhtar teaching a hands-on undergraduate class.

Bachelors of Arts in Biology

What do you do with a degree in Biology? Almost anything you put your mind to.

You can be a doctor, dentist, optometrist, or pharmacist. We send more of our graduates to these professional schools than any department in any university in Alabama. You can do field research in exotic locales, such as tracking down the carriers of exotic new viruses or discovering new species. You can go into healthcare or environmental management and conservation. Become a science educator, join a biotech firm, do forensic science, write legislation, work for an environmental NGO, or become a pharmaceutical tycoon or a science journalist. One of our recent grads makes environmental films.

Study With Us

Our broad-based courses can prepare you for nearly any of these careers. Our general track trains you in all major areas of modern biology: whole organism biology, physiology and development, ecology and evolution, cellular, and molecular biology.

Our marine science track prepares you for a career with the ocean. Diving under the Antarctic ice might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but some of our students have done it. Marine Biology students take our normal core courses plus additional ones in marine science, some of which are given at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Our molecular biology track introduces you to the world of DNA and the biology of the cell. Learn how to splice and sequence genes, identify proteins, prepare for careers in biomedical research or in a police forensic lab.

If you are looking for a minor to pair with a different major, we offer a general biology minor and and an indertisciplinary environmental science minor.

You can also work toward a teaching certificate through our partnership with UABTeach.

Explore

We invite you to explore the site to learn who we are. Take a look at our tracks, courses, and what you need to do to graduate. Get to know our faculty. Ask us questions. Once you're done, we hope to see you in the classroom next semester!