The problems we prepare our students to tackle are exciting and endless, including causes of and cures for disease, adaptation to changing environments, how adult bodies develop from a single-celled zygote, mitigation of environmental pollution, preservation of biodiversity, and how cells and organisms communicate with each other.

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The Study of Life

The Department of Biology provides teaching and research within the vast disciplines of the biological sciences to enhance our understanding of biological systems and their central role in the global environment. Our academic programs offer a firm foundation in modern biological sciences and prepare students for a multitude of careers in academia, industry and government.

Degrees Offered

An important aspect of the Department of Biology is that it offers a wider array of degrees than other departments at Texas A&M. This permits students to specialize in an area of particular interest while working toward their career goals. The department offers seven undergraduate degree programs that are outlined below. Detailed information about each degree plan is available from the Office of Undergraduate Advising.

Undergraduate Degrees

Without a doubt, the biology degree is the most versatile of the many degrees in the life sciences. Over half of our majors (in all of our degrees) go on for an advanced degree such as the M.S. or Ph.D. Historically, Biology has placed more of its majors in medical and dental schools than any other department at Texas A&M. In addition, a large number of our majors complete teaching certification in order to take positions as science teachers in secondary schools. Qualified science teachers continue to be in high demand, giving the applicant options to go to nearly any area of the state or country where they might choose to live. Business, industry and government continues to hire many of our graduates where skills and knowledge in the life sciences are in great and growing demand. Furthermore, training in biology provides a unique perspective in other professions such as law, architecture, engineering, business and management.

Graduate Degrees

Basic biological research has evolved into a broad, fast-paced and dynamic profession that drives newly emerging industries and actively shapes many human endeavors. Both globally and locally, cutting-edge research at Texas A&M strives to improve the ways people everywhere manage their health and the health of their planet. You can participate in the biological revolution by joining our graduate program at Texas A&M. We invite you to learn about us and consider graduate study in Texas A&M Biology as your gateway to the future.


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