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Biology Degree

Think back to 7th-grade science class. Were you one of the first to pick up that scalpel on dissection day? If you still have that same sense of discovery when learning about living organisms, then you may be cut out for studying Biology.

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UTSA’s Biology Program

Our biology degree will have you diving into genetics, physiology, cell biology, chemistry, and physics. At the upper-division level, you can choose between one of five concentrations: Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, Plant Biology, Premedical Sciences, and Biology 7-12 Teaching Concentration. You can declare your concentration after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor.

Biology is a diverse program that will grant you entrance into a number of professions. These careers could include the biological sciences, medical and health service fields, research, industry and education.

Careers in Biology

Top job titles for biology graduates include:

• Biologist
• Lab Technician
• Medical Scientist
• Researcher
• Quality Control Analyst
• Clinical Research Manager
• Wildlife Biologist
• Microbiologist

Biology and its related career pathways are currently in lower demand in San Antonio but average demand in Austin in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 biology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Biology Graduates

Biology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of biology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• General Hospitals
• Scientific Research
• Higher Education
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• Medical Laboratories

Salaries for Biology Graduates

The salary range for open biology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $33,016
median $48,510
top 10% $76,583

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Biology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a biology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Biology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are detail oriented
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner

Scholarships Offered: 

  • Joseph J. Gdovin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Current Undergraduate(s), enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester) Completed 30+ semester credit hours
    • Major: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology
    • GPA: cumulative 2.8+ (4.0 scale)
    • Must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA on file with the UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship – Upperdivision
    • Incoming junior, enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours/semester)
    • Major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Microbiology & Immunology
    • Must be enrolled in the Honors College
    • GPA: semester 2.5+ (4.0 scale)
    • Must be a U.S. citizen and able to provide a valid Social Security Number
    • Must be a Texas permanent resident of Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson, Frio, Karnes, or Kerr Counties
    • Must be a graduate of a Texas public, private, or home school within the last two years

Student Life

UTSA’s Biology program is a diverse program that will grant students the entrance into a number of professions. These careers could include the biological sciences, medical and health service fields, research, industry and education. At UTSA, the broad-based curriculum of our Biology degree will have students learning the molecular worlds of genetics, physiology, cell biology, chemistry and physics. At the upper division level, students can choose between one of five concentrations: Cell and Molecular Biology, Integrative Biology, Neurobiology, Plant Biology and Pre-Medical Sciences. Students studying Biology may consider becoming involved in:

  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at UTSA

Student Spotlight

Josh Ciotti ’22

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Rosemarie Dillon ’20

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Jamari Guerrero

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Shruti Sinkar ’19

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Bianca Obinyan ’18

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