Contact Us

For questions or assistance please reach out to:

School Director
Robert K. Dearth, Ph.D.


School Associate Director
Kathryn E. Perez, Ph.D.


Edinburg
Diana Ocanas,
Administrative Assistant II


Julie Perez,
Administrative Assistant II


Brownsville
Daisy Garcia,
Administrative Assistant II

TRANSITION


Transition period

The School expects that the majority of our current BSc in Biology: Focus in Biological Sciences students will find it advantageous to transfer to the new BSc in Biology starting in Fall 2024.

Some students, particularly those with a Fall 24 graduation date, are expected to graduate with the current curriculum. For all other students, the percentage of degree completion and other factors (such as financial aid) will be considered by the Academic Advising Center when recommending a change of major to the new BSc in Biology curriculum or remaining in your current degree plan. You will not be forced to change degree plans and there are course options available that will allow you to complete your current degree.

To ensure a smooth transition period for all Biology Major students, the School – in coordination with the Academic Advising Center – will host Town Hall meetings and Q&A sessions for students on both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses in February 2024. Stay tuned for updates!

During the implementation of the new degree, the School does not anticipate any impact or graduation delays for any of our current Biology majors. We will do everything we can to see that these improvements in our degrees have a positive impact on both current and future students.

We encourage all Biology Majors to discuss with their advisors about transferring to the new BSc in Biology in February/March 2024, before Fall 2024 registration opens.

Are you a new Bio Major student beginning in Fall 24? Welcome! You will be enrolled automatically in the new BSc in Biology Curriculum. Read more here.

 

EXPIRING OLD COURSES AND EXCITING NEW COURSES 

Beginning Fall 24, some courses will no longer be offered as a result of the implementation of the new degree. The following courses will be taught for the last time:
NOTE - please read the course crosswalk section too!

 

Coursed that will be taught for the last time in Spring 24 and Summer 24

Course

Name

Spring 24

Summer 24

BIOL 3301

Evolution (replaced in Fall 24 with BIOL 3301 Ecology & Evolution)

YES

YES

BIOL 3310

Neurobiology

NO

NO

BIOL 3403

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

YES

NO

BIOL 3409

Ecology

YES

YES

BIOL 3412

Cell Biology

YES

NO

BIOL 3413

Genetics (replaced in Fall 24 with BIOL 3313 Genetics)

YES

YES

BIOL 3415

Molecular Biology

YES

NO

BIOL 4318

Ethnobotany

NO

NO

BIOL 4400

Biological Communications

YES

YES

 

With the launch of the new BSc in Biology curriculum, the School is offering a series of new courses beginning Fall 2024.

 

New coursed offered beginning Fall 2024

Course

Name

Credit Hours

Lecture

Laboratory

BIOL 3201

Techniques in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

2

 

X

BIOL 3215

Cell, Molecular, and Genetics Lab

2

 

X

BIOL 3230

Biology Data Analysis and Informatics

2

 

X

BIOL 3301

Ecology and Evolution

3

X

 

BIOL 3313

Genetics

3

X

 

BIOL 3315

Cell and Molecular Biology

3

X

 

BIOL 3325

Integrative Physiology

3

X

 

Please click here to view course descriptions for the new required Biology Foundation courses.

In addition, the School will offer new exciting electives on a regular basis: Immunology, Astrobiology, Cancer Biology, Veterinary Entomology, and Mammalian Disease Diagnosis and Clinical Applications among others.

 

COURSE CROSSWALKS

Whether you stay in the current curriculum or elect the new BSc in Biology curriculum, we have put into place automatic substitutions for equivalent courses between degree plans. These will automatically substitute for each other in DegreeWorks. NOTE: Students should pay close attention to differences in credit hours, as they must also satisfy the course credit hours requirements of their curriculum (i.e. 120 hours to graduate).

 

Course crosswalks for new BSc in Biology curriculum

Old Course

Old Course Name

Credit Hours

New Course

Course that will Substitute

Credit Hours

BIOL 3301

Evolution

3

BIOL 3301

Ecology and Evolution

3

BIOL 3412

Cell Biology

4

BIOL 3315

Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BIOL 3413

Genetics

4

BIOL 3313

Genetics

3

BIOL 3409

Ecology

4

BIOL 3201

Techniques in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

2

BIOL 4400

Biological Communications

4

BIOL 3215

Cell, Molecular, and Genetics Lab

2

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The School does not anticipate any delays to graduation time.

If you are graduating before Fall 24, you will not be affected by the implementation of the new BSc in Biology degree.

The new BSc in Biology curriculum is implemented from Fall 2024.

We anticipate that in February/March 2024 – in consultation with your advisors – and before Fall 24 registration opens, you should know whether you are recommended to transfer to the new degree plan or complete your degree with the current curriculum.

/last updated Feb 2024