Bachelor in Biology


Program Description

The Department of Biology offers students a wide selection of stimulating courses catering to degrees in biology, marine science-biology, marine science-chemistry, biology-business, and environmental science.

Recent graduates who have chosen to major in these fields have established successful careers in many governmental agencies and the private sector. Additionally, many graduates attend top-tier graduate schools or professional programs. The foundation for their success was gained through the hands-on educational experience and personalized attention afforded through The University of Tampa.

Students studying any of the biological fields are presented with many experiential learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including:

  • Rigorous laboratory exercises
  • Class field trips
  • Weekend excursions to places like the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park
  • International travel opportunities
  • Semester-long study abroad programs

Bachelor of Science in Biology: This broad but intensive program can be tailored to fit nearly any career path, including preparation for governmental or private sector employment in the field or in the lab, as well as preparation for graduate studies and acceptance to degree programs in health-related fields. Four concentrations are available in this degree program: general biology, molecular biology, pre-professional biology, and biology-business.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Recently added to the list of degrees offered at UT, the Bachelor of Arts in biology is similar to the Bachelor of Science in biology, but allows additional flexibility for students preparing for a career or graduate program that relies less on courses in chemistry and physics. Two concentrations are available in this degree program: general biology and organismal and evolutionary biology.

Minor in Biology: A valuable addition to the degree programs of students pursuing degrees that require a basic knowledge of the natural world, such as chemistry, physics, psychology, exercise science, and any other degree that might be strengthened by a general knowledge of biological principles.

What Will You Learn?

The B.S. in Biology is a broad but intensive program that can be tailored to fit nearly any career path, including preparation for government or private sector employment in the field or in the lab, as well as preparation for graduate or professional programs across the biological and biomedical sciences. Five concentrations are offered: biology, organismal and evolutionary biology, molecular biology, business and pre-professional. A minor is also available, as is a B.S. in Secondary Education-Biology (grades 6–12).

The pre-professional concentration is designed for biology majors interested in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and veterinary medicine). In addition to the required major courses, students may take specific courses required by their professional program and have the flexibility to study other topics in which they are interested. This provides the well-rounded educational experience professional schools seek in candidates.

Students who earn a B.A. in Biology receive a broad liberal arts education rooted in the study of diversity, complexity, and evolution of life. It is appropriate for students who wish to specialize in a field of biology less reliant on collateral sciences such as chemistry and physics or who also have interests outside of biology. A minor in marine biology, as well as three concentrations, are possible: biology, organismal and evolutionary biology, and molecular biology.

Sample Courses

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics and Genomics
  • Biology of Plants
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Essentials of Electron Microscopy

Practical Experience

Students studying any of the biological fields are presented with many experiential learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including rigorous laboratory exercises and field trips to places like the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. Students are also encouraged to participate in international travel courses or semester-long study abroad programs. Students recently participated in faculty-led travel courses to Costs Rica to study tropical ecosystems and to Honduras to study coral reef ecosystems.

The University maintains a formal affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), an educational and research institute located in Ocean Springs, MS. This arrangement allows students to take field courses in marine science at GCRL during the summer. Course credit is awarded through the University of Southern Mississippi and is accepted at UT as transfer credit.


Through internships with private industry, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, students gain on-the-job experience in areas such as biomedical research, fisheries biology, veterinary medicine, environmental biology, and mariculture. UT students have frequently participated in the world-famous manatee care and rehab program at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where they assist in the care of one of Florida’s most endangered species, the West Indian manatee. They also work directly with a variety of animals and participate in programs that educate students and the general public.

Internships are available during the fall, spring and summer months. Most are local, but some are offered in other parts of Florida and in locations throughout the U.S. Examples include:

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Tampa Baywatch
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Audubon of Florida
  • Sierra Club
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Veterinary, medical and dental clinics
  • Conservancy of Southwest FL
  • Center for Great Apes
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Student Research

UT biology students assist with ongoing faculty research projects or pursue their own independent work under the guidance of faculty. Students not only receive academic credit, but many publish their findings in scientific journals and present at international and national conferences, frequently winning awards for their work. UT’s annual Biology Research Symposium also highlights the scholarly achievement of students and provides the chance for students to hone their public speaking and communication skills. Exceptional biology students have the opportunity to obtain $3,000 in funding as Biology Summer Research Fellows — a faculty-led summer research project that exposes students to grant writing and all aspects of biological research.

What Can You Do With These Degrees?

Many graduates attend top-tier graduate schools or professional programs. UT biology grads have gone on to study medicine at Northwestern, Temple, LSU, USF, UF and Florida State, among others. They also study dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, clinical psychology and more at schools such as Washington State, University of Kentucky, Emory and the University of Sydney. Others attend law school or pursue graduate degrees in areas such as epidemiology, herpetology, biological sciences, invertebrate biology, molecular medicine, and environmental science.

Recent UT graduates who have chosen to major in biology have also established successful careers in many governmental agencies and the private sector. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research, product development, management, and inspection, or to work as a research technician or high school teacher. A master’s degree and, in most cases, a Ph.D. is required to work in independent research or development positions as well as for advancement to administrative positions. Many Ph.D. biological scientists are employed as faculty at colleges and universities where they teach and are involved in the research.

About 40 percent of all biological scientists are employed by federal, state and local governments. Federal biological scientists work mainly for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense and for the National Institutes of Health. The 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that the employment of biological scientists will increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.


Biology majors may qualify for Life Science Scholarships — annual scholarships of up to $3,000 for first-year students (fall term only), renewable for four years. Qualifications include an unweighted high school GPA of 3.25 and 1200 SAT or 26 ACT, completed admissions application and acceptance for full-time study. The deadline to apply is February 1.

The ROTC program can assist pre-professional health students with their future professional program finances through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.


Local Freshman Admissions

  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
  • Essay
  • Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed

Undergraduate International Admissions

With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)

Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
  • Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
    • TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
    • Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
  • Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
  • Essay (first-year students only)
  • Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
  • International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.

International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.

Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.

The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.

Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.

Admission deadlines

The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:

  • November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
  • January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
  • March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
  • March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Average cost for full-time undergraduate students

Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $13,603
Student Government Fee (required): $96
Student Service Fee (required): $480
Student Health Fee (required): $425
Room (double room): $2,853
Board (average 15-meal/week plan): $2,552


Last updated Jul 2019

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