College of Science
School Office: 201 Biology Building
Mailing Address: 257 S. 1400 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0840
Chair: M. Denise Dearing, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Leslie Sieburth, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Advising: Denise Brenes, 135 Building 44, 801- 581-6244
Graduate Program Coordinator: Shannon Nielsen, 201A BIOL, 801-581-5636
The School of Biological Sciences, one of the largest in the University, offers a wide range of courses involving field, laboratory, lecture, and library experience. Active research is in progress at most levels of biological organization, from the fine structure of cells at the molecular level to community interactions and distributions of living things on a global scale. Facilities are located in buildings that cluster around the South Biology Building. Laboratories are well-equipped for a wide spectrum of modern biological research.
The biology curriculum is designed to:
- prepare undergraduate and graduate students for professional careers in biology
- provide basic training for students who will enter graduate or professional fields related to biology, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and others,
- offer background information courses for allied health disciplines, and
- provide courses of general interest for the General Education Program for the University and community.
Courses are available in the following general areas: biochemistry and molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics and developmental biology, physiology and organismal biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.
All current and prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to visit or call the Biology Advising Office for curricular information and academic advising assistance. Biology major academic program worksheets and general information materials are available online including information about courses, instructors, careers, graduate schools, etc. The Biology Advising office is located in Room 135, Building 44, 801-581-6244, fax: 801-581-8571.
All graduate program inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences, 257 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0840, 801-581-5636, fax: 801-581-4668.
Please see the Biology B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Biology Teaching B.A., B.S., H.B.A, H.B.S., Biology Teaching Minor and Integrative Human Biology (IHB) Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
The Biology Major is an unrestricted major, and any student eligible for admission to the University is eligible to declare the Biology Major.
Environmental and Organismal Biology (EOB), Cell and Molecular Biology (C&M), Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), or Biochemistry.
Biology majors are encouraged to meet with the Biology Advisor early in their academic careers (Rm 135 Building 44), and at least yearly thereafter. The Preprofessional Advising Office (Room 206, Building 44) is the best source for information about preparation for admission to schools of chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and veterinary medicine.
Various scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Contact the school advising office for information.
Please see the Biology M.S. and Ph.D. and Biology (Teaching) M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
The School of Biological Sciences offers exceptional opportunities to learn, work, and collaborate across levels of biological organization and styles of research. Faculty research interests span the complete spectrum of biological phenomena and disciplines, from biochemistry to global environmental change. This breadth of research interests has led to development of two focused, yet overlapping, graduate training programs: Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology (MCEB) and Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB).
Areas of Specialization
- Arid-land Biology
- Behavior and neuroethology
- Biochemistry & structural biology
- Cell biology
- Community ecology
- Conservation biology
- Developmental biology
- Functional morphology and physiology
- Molecular Biology
- Microbial biology
- Pathogens, parasites, endosymbionts
- Plant Science
- Tropical biology
- Stable isotope ecology
Course requirements are structured to individual needs.
There are additional admission requirements for these programs. Please see the program pages for more information.
Applications are generally reviewed in December and January for fall admission. Only a limited number of students are admitted into the graduate program. Admission is contingent upon the student’s qualifications, potential, and research interests.
Doctoral students receive financial support from teaching and research assistantships, training grants, and fellowships. Doctoral students are guaranteed support for up to five years pending satisfactory progress in the program. International students must pass a University Teaching workshop before being allowed to teach. Tuition is paid by the Graduate School or the research advisor for five years (for students in the Ph.D. program). Teaching assistantships are not available for M.S. students, though such students may be supported by research assistantships.
The School of Biological Sciences’ BS/MS Program makes it possible for students to get both a bachelors and a master’s degree in five years. Starting to take graduate-level courses during the senior year is what makes it possible for students to complete the Masters degree in just one additional year. Please visit the following website for further details - www.biology.utah.edu.
Undergraduate inquiries - email@example.com
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Program and Course Offerings
- Biology Teaching, B.A.
- Biology Teaching, B.S.
- Biology, B.A.
- Biology, B.A. - Anatomy & Physiology Emphasis
- Biology, B.A. - Biochemistry Emphasis
- Biology, B.A. - Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis
- Biology, B.A. - Environmental and Organismal Emphasis
- Biology, B.S.
- Biology, B.S. - Anatomy & Physiology Emphasis
- Biology, B.S. - Biochemistry Emphasis
- Biology, B.S. - Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis
- Biology, B.S. - Environmental and Organismal Emphasis
- BIOL 1010 - Biology in the 21st Century
- BIOL 1030 - Human Biology
- BIOL 1210 - Principles of Biology
- BIOL 1400 - Introduction to Environmental Science
- BIOL 1610 - Fundamental Principles of Biology I: Cells, Genetics, and Biochemistry
- BIOL 1615 - Fundamental Principles of Biology Lab I: Cells, Genetics, and Biochemistry
- BIOL 1620 - Fundamental Principles of Biology II: Evolution and Diversity of Life
- BIOL 1625 - Fundamental Principles of Biology Lab II: Evolution and Diversity of Life
- BIOL 1970 - Topics in Biology
- BIOL 2005 - Doing Science: The Biology of Variation
- BIOL 2010 - Evolution & Diversity of Life
- BIOL 2015 - Evolution and Diversity Laboratory
- BIOL 2020 - Principles of Cell Biology
- BIOL 2021 - Principles of Cell Science
- BIOL 2030 - Genetics
- BIOL 2115 - Basic Techniques Laboratory
- BIOL 2210 - Human Genetics
- BIOL 2325 - Human Anatomy
- BIOL 2330 - Plants and Society
- BIOL 2355 - Field Botany
- BIOL 2400 - Principles of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- BIOL 2420 - Human Physiology
- BIOL 2421 - Principles of Human Physiology
- BIOL 2425 - Human Physiology Laboratory
- BIOL 2800 - Fresher Forum
- BIOL 2870 - Faculty Research Seminar
- BIOL 3045 - Landscape Ecology
- BIOL 3080 - Dental School Science and Lab Preparation
- BIOL 3115 - Computer Applications: Cell Biology Laboratory
- BIOL 3125 - Molecular Tools for Evolutionary and Population Biology
- BIOL 3205 - General Microbiology Laboratory
- BIOL 3210 - General and Pathogenic Microbiology
- BIOL 3215 - Cell Biology Laboratory
- BIOL 3230 - Developmental Biology
- BIOL 3235 - Developmental Biology Laboratory
- BIOL 3240 - Introduction to Cellular Neurobiology
- BIOL 3246 - Basic Cellular Neurobiology Lab
- BIOL 3247 - Advanced Cellular Neurobiology Lab
- BIOL 3270 - Microbial Ecosystems
- BIOL 3310 - Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
- BIOL 3315 - Comparative Vertebrate Morphology Laboratory
- BIOL 3320 - Comparative Physiology
- BIOL 3325 - Comparative Physiology Laboratory
- BIOL 3330 - Behavioral Neurobiology
- BIOL 3340 - Introduction to Plant Biology
- BIOL 3350 - Physiology of Plants
- BIOL 3355 - Physiology of Plants Laboratory
- BIOL 3360 - Vertebrate Embryology
- BIOL 3370 - Microbial Biology
- BIOL 3380 - Evolutionary and Physiological Basis of Health
- BIOL 3400 - The Role of Mathematics in Medicine
- BIOL 3410 - Ecology and Evolution
- BIOL 3430 - Behavioral Ecology
- BIOL 3440 - Global Change Ecology
- BIOL 3450 - Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation
- BIOL 3460 - Global Environmental Issues
- BIOL 3470 - Conservation Biology
- BIOL 3480 - Biography of an Urban Stream
- BIOL 3485 - Conservation Biology Field Lab
- BIOL 3510 - Biological Chemistry I
- BIOL 3515 - Biological Chemistry Laboratory
- BIOL 3520 - Biological Chemistry II
- BIOL 3525 - Molecular Biology of DNA Lab
- BIOL 3550 - Physical Principles in Biology
- BIOL 3551 - Physical Principles in Biology - Honors
- BIOL 3665 - Form, Function, and Adaption in Animals
- BIOL 3670 - Science Communication and Mentoring Skill for the Next Generation
- BIOL 3710 - Biology, Society and Public Engagement
- BIOL 3960 - Special Topics in Biology
- BIOL 4080 - Dental Observation
- BIOL 4876 - Journal Club Seminar
- BIOL 4950 - Directed Reading
- BIOL 4955 - Individual Research
- BIOL 4956 - Research Experience
- BIOL 4965 - Independent Professional Internship
- BIOL 4995 - Biology Honors Research
- BIOL 4999 - Honors Thesis/Project
- BIOL 5011 - Mathematical Biology I
- BIOL 5012 - Mathematical Biology II
- BIOL 5030 - Basic Immunology
- BIOL 5050 - Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis
- BIOL 5110 - Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
- BIOL 5120 - Gene Expression
- BIOL 5140 - Genome Biology
- BIOL 5210 - Cell Structure and Function
- BIOL 5221 - Human Evolutionary Genetics
- BIOL 5255 - Prokaryotic Genetics
- BIOL 5270 - Microbial Ecosystems
- BIOL 5275 - Microbial Diversity, Genomics and Evolution
- BIOL 5312 - Human Dissection
- BIOL 5313 - Teaching Anatomy
- BIOL 5314 - Anatomy Colloquium
- BIOL 5315 - Advanced Human Anatomy
- BIOL 5316 - Anatomy and Physiology Colloquium
- BIOL 5318 - Human Physiology Colloquium
- BIOL 5325 - Tropical Field Biology
- BIOL 5345 - Natural History of the Colorado Plateau
- BIOL 5346 - Natural History of the Colorado Plateau - Honors
- BIOL 5365 - Form, Function, and Adaptation of Plants
- BIOL 5370 - Mammalogy
- BIOL 5385 - Ornithology