Biology, BS

Complete Core Curriculum Listing at

Core Curriculum 42 Credit Hours
Communication (Select Two)6
Mathematics 3
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Life and Physical Sciences (Select Two)6
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Select One)3
Creative Arts (Select One)3
American History (Select Two)6
Government/Political Science 6
American Government
Texas Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select One)3
Component Area Option One (Select One)3
Component Area Option Two (Select One)3
Foreign Language Requirements (One language) 6
Major Requirements 2, 3
BIOL 1501General Biology5
BIOL 1102Biology Seminar1
BIOL 1502General Biology5
BIOL 1103Biology Seminar1
BIOL 1411Botany4
BIOL 2416Genetics4
BIOL 3401Human Physiology and Anatomy4
BIOL 3402Human Physiology and Anatomy4
BIOL 3403General Microbiology4
BIOL 3307Molecular Biology I3
Major Electives
Select 15 hours from the courses below:15
Gross Anatomy
Animal Histology
Molecular Biology II
Cell Biology
Synthetic Biology
Medical Terminology
Topics in Genomics
Vertebrate Embryology
Comparative Anatomy
Practicum in Biology
Support Requirements
CHEM 1203General Chemistry Lab2
CHEM 1303General Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 1204General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHEM 1304General Inorganic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2203Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 2303General Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2204Organic Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 2304General Organic Chemistry II3
PHYS 1101General Physics Lab I1
or PHYS 2125 University Physics Lab I
PHYS 1102General Physics Lab II1
or PHYS 2126 University Physics Lab II
MATH 2413 (1 hour counts in the support area and 3 hours meets the core curriculum Math component requirement)1
Biology majors are required four (4) hour credit physical activity courses (DANC, KINE, or HUPF).4
Total Hours125

Biology majors are required to take MATH 2413 or higher. Students may need to take Algebra or Pre-calculus before enrolling in Calculus. Other students may be prepared to start with Calculus I or higher math.


Electives in 15 SCH of upper division (advanced) Biology courses.  A total of fifty (50) Biology SCH are required.


A minor is not required for the BS Biology.  However, by completing  CHEM 4303 and CHEM 4204, Biochemistry lecture and lab, a Biology major is eligible to complete the catalog requirements for a minor in chemistry.

Special Emphasis Programs

The following electives should be selected to prepare for the specialized fields listed.

Pre-medicine and Pre-dentistry

The minimum requirements for admission to medical or dental school include average scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) and the satisfactory completion of 90 semester hours of the pre-medical or pre-dental curriculum with average or better grades.

Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of their academic background, ability to succeed in professional school, integrity, psychological stability, motivation, judgment, and resourcefulness. The admissions committee will also evaluate the recommendations of the premedical advisory committee.

Students must apply to medical or dental school by June 1, one year in advance of their expected entrance. They are therefore advised to take the MCAT or DAT by the spring of their junior year.

MCAT Registration

Association of American Medical Colleges or

DAT Registration

Association of American Dental Schools

MCAT Registration     DAT Registration
American College       Testing Program Div. of Educational Measurements
P.O. Box #414               Council on Dental Education
Iowa City, IA 52240      American Dental Association
(319) 337-1305            211 East Chicago Avenue
                                        Chicago, IL 60611
                                        (312) 440-2689

The Pre-Professional curriculum qualifies students to apply to schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Graduate studies. The curriculum enables students to complete the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, OAT, and GRE preparatory course by the spring of their junior year. Students are encouraged to attend at least one summer session to ensure the completion of necessary courses prior to the summer of their junior year.

Dental School Early Admission Programs

The University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio, the Texas A&M University School of Dentistry, and the University of Texas -Houston Dental school have established early admission agreements with Prairie View A&M University. Students may apply for early admission to these schools after completing the first year of the biology curriculum for majors with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Applications may be obtained from the Pre-Dental advisor. The application deadline is October 1 of the student’s sophomore year. The dental schools will evaluate each application and make the selections of students for interviews.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The Pre-veterinary medicine curriculum provides the prerequisites for admission to professional veterinary medicine schools. The curriculum also leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Students in the Pre-veterinary medicine program should apply to veterinary medical school at the beginning of their third year. Students should write to the Office of Admissions of the desired institution for information about specific admission requirements.

Most schools of veterinary medicine require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Veterinary Admission Test (VAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). It is the students’ responsibility to determine which of these examinations is required by the institution to which they are seeking admission.

Optional Requirements in Addition to Biology Degree Requirements

A minor is not required for the BS Biology.  However, by completing  CHEM 4303 and CHEM 4204, Biochemistry lecture and lab, a Biology major is eligible to complete the catalog requirements for a minor in chemistry.

CHEM 4303Biochemistry3
CHEM 4204Biochemistry Laboratory2
Total Hours5

Pre-Veterinary medical students should contact the Pre-Veterinary faculty adviser in the Department of Biology.

Biology Teacher Preparation

Biology majors who plan to teach should follow the biology curriculum and the Teacher Certification Program in order to be eligible for certification as a teacher of biology, grades 7-12.

Student teaching is required of all students preparing to teach. Program prerequisites for student teaching should be completed before applying for student teaching. Additional information and the suggested curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree with a Teacher Education option may be obtained from the biology teacher education faculty advisor in the biology department.