The Biology Major

Our broad-based courses can prepare you for careers ranging from the medical field to oceanography and many options in between.

The department offers a flexible experience for students, allowing them to choose courses geared to their specific interests. This personalized and targeted approach allows our students to tailor their degree and prepare for the career field of their choice.

Integrated Biology Track

Not sure what you want to do in life? Med school? Vet school? Grad school? Biomedicine? Tropical rainforest ecology? Our Integrated Biology track trains you in all major areas of modern biology: whole organism biology, physiology and development, ecology and evolution, cellular, and molecular biology. Upon graduation, you will be broadly trained, poised to leap in whatever direction strikes your fancy.

Learn more about the Integrated Biology track by visiting the UAB Undergraduate Catalog and downloading the track checklist.

Marine Science Track

Love the ocean and the ocean’s creatures? Want to understand what’s happening in the ecosystem that covers 70% of our planet? Want to understand how climate change may affect extinction rates? With our Marine Science track, you'll study this and more. This track prepares you for a career with the ocean, whatever that may be.

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.

Learn more about the Marine Science track by visiting the UAB Undergraduate Catalog and downloading the track checklist.

Molecular Biology Track

Are you fascinated by the rapid discoveries in genomics, epigenomics, and the emergence of personalized medicine to fight diseases? 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.

Learn more about the Molecular Biology track by visiting the UAB Undergraduate Catalog and downloading the track checklist.

Course Catalog

A complete list of program requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for biology majors is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


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