Biological Sciences Program

Program Overview/Mission

Biological Science B.S. and B.A.

The plan in Biological Science leads to the bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. This plan is designed to prepare students for advanced study, technical positions in environmental or biomedical research or teaching. The Physiology/Pre-Health sub-plan within the B.S. plan is particularly applicable to students preparing for medical or dental school or other health-related professions. The B.A. in Biological Sciences is designed primarily for students interested in teaching biology at the middle or high school level.

Biological Sciences M.S.

The graduate plan in Biological Sciences leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree. Applicants for candidacy should have a bachelor's degree in Biology, although applicants with other degrees may apply if their degrees or preparation include a significant number of plan core courses in the Biological Sciences, as well as appropriate chemistry, physics and mathematics courses.

  Biological Sciences B. A.
 

The plan in Biological Science leads to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. This plan is designed to prepare students for advanced study, technical positions in environmental or biomedical research or teaching. The Physiology/Pre-Health sub-plan within the B.S. plan is particularly applicable to students preparing for medical or dental school or other health-related professions. The B.A. in Biological Sciences is designed primarily for students interested in teaching biology at the middle or high school level. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Biological Science B.A. degree plan.

Biological Science B.A. Specialization for Teacher Certification

In addition to the required core courses for the B.A. in Biological Sciences, students in the Teacher Certification sub-plan must complete courses offered in the College of Education (CoE) and must have dual advisement in both the subject field (biological sciences) and education. Students who are seeking teaching certification will follow the degree plan and certification. 

  Biological Sciences B. S.
 

The Bachelor of Science curriculum in biology prepares students for professional and technical careers in the biomedical, biotechnical and environmental fields. This program also provides a course of study for students who want to pursue medical and dental careers or graduate study in biology. We offer five specialization areas are available to students pursuing the B.S. degree in Biological Science. In all cases, prerequisites for any course must be satisfied prior to enrollment in the course. Students must complete the required specialization courses for each specialization area with grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-" or below are not acceptable). Specialization elective courses must be completed with grades of "C-" or better.   

  1. Biology, BS Cellular/Molecular/Biotechnology Specialization
  2. Biology, BS Ecology/Microbiology/Aquatic/Marine Specialization
  3. Biology, BS Forensic Specialization
  4. Biology, BS Physiology/Pre-Health Specialization
  5. Biology, BS Plant Specialization
  Biological Sciences M.S.
  The graduate plan in Biological Sciences leads to the master of science (MS) degree. Applicants for candidacy should have a bachelor's degree in Biology, although applicants with other degrees may apply if their degrees or preparation include a significant number of plan core courses in the Biological Sciences, as well as appropriate chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. The biological sciences program prepares students for careers in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, medicine and health, and environmental sciences. Students who earn a master of science may also pursue further professional training in medical, dental, or Ph.D. programs. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Biological Science M.S. degree plan.
  Doctor of Chiropractic Master of Science in Biology D.C./M.S.
 

The Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) and UHCL have established a Cooperative Doctor of Chiropractic Masters of Science in Biology Degree Program. Students meeting the requirements (see below) may apply to enter the cooperative D.C./M.S. program. This program provides students with the opportunity to earn a clinical doctorate degree while gaining theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the biological sciences.  Students wishing to participate in this cooperative program must be accepted into both the TCC D.C. program and the graduate program in Biological Sciences at UHCL. Upon completion of the cooperative program the degrees of Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Science in Biology will be conferred by the Texas Chiropractic College and UHCL, respectively.

Entry Requirements to participate in Cooperative D.C. | M.S. Program

  • Independent admission to TCC and the M.S. degree program at UHCL.
  • Earn passing grades in all Tri-1 through Tri-5 courses at TCC.
  • Prior to enrollment in the cooperative program, the student must earn a Bachelor's degree or have earned TCC's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Human Biology (at the completion of Tri-5).
  • Earn a TCC GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application to the program.
  • All students who apply to the cooperative D.C./M.S. program are required to follow all UHCL academic standards and policies in addition to those of TCC as well as complete the UHCL application forms and fees.
  • Copies of the student's official TCC transcripts showing conferred B.S. degree will be made available for the Biological Sciences graduate department at UHCL.
  • Upon acceptance into the program students must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA at UHCL.  Earning a "C" at UHCL will result in academic probation in accordance with UHCL policies, which could ultimately result in their dismissal from the M.S. program.  
  • The GRE Exam will not be required for admission to the cooperative degree program.

Students enrolled in the cooperative D.C./M.S. program will complete a total of 36 hours of advanced courses in the M.S. program at UHCL as detailed below. The required foundation courses for admission to the Biology M.S. degree program [BIOL 3431 (Genetics), BIOL 4431 (Biochemistry), MATH 3038 (Computational Statistics), BIOL 3231 Microbiology, BIOL 4437 Cellular Physiology, and BIOL 4435 (Human Physiology)] will be waived contingent on the candidate's earning a "B" (3.0 GPA) or higher in the first 5 trimesters of TCC classes.

The cooperative degree program consists of 7 hours of course credit for basic science courses at TCC, 17 core degree hours at UHCL, and 12 credit hours of elective courses. Key required courses include two   Cooperative Education Work Term courses in which the student will serve as: 1) a laboratory instructor in gross anatomy and 2) as a facilitator for a problem-based learning small group in physiology courses at TCC.  A capstone course (3 hours) will also require students write and deliver an original basic science lecture in their area of specialization to first year TCC students. The student will pay all tuition and related course fees, as well as any additional fees (ex. parking, etc.) incurred.


Program Degrees

Certificate

Teacher Certification

Admission Requirements

  • Biological Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • GRE Essay of 3.5
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Biology, but other degrees may apply if preparation includes significant number of core courses in Biological Sciences as well as appropriate chemistry, physics and mathematics courses

Program Faculty

Thomas Garcia
Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia

Assistant Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3740
Email: GarciaT@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

Stephen Gruber
Stephen Michael Gruber

Stephen Michael Gruber

Lecturer of Biological Sciences,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3779
Email: gruber@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

George Guillen
George Guillen

George Guillen

Executive Director of Environmental Institute of Houston and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science ,

Contact number: 281-283-3950
Email: guillen@uhcl.edu
Office: N116

Faculty Bio

Cynthia Howard
Cynthia Howard

Cynthia L. Howard

Program Chair of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biology and Environmental Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3745
Email: howardc@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-12

Faculty Bio

Ronald Mills
Ronald Mills

W. Ronald Mills

Professor of Biology and Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3773
Email: mills@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-1

Faculty Bio

Russell Minton

Russell L. Minton

Associate Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3760
Email: Minton@UHCL.edu
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

Richard Puzdrowski
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Cooperative Degree Program Advisor ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Faculty Bio

Bazlur Rashid
Bazlur Rashid

Bazlur Rashid

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283 3756
Email: rashid@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-11

Faculty Bio

Larry Rohde
Larry Rohde

Larry Rohde

Department Chair of Biological & Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3743
Email: rohde@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-6

Faculty Bio

Patricia Trubl
Patricia Trubl

Patricia Trubl

Lecturer of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3762
Email: Trubl@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez
Lory Santiago-Vázquez

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez

Program Chair of Biotechnology, Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3776
Email: santiago@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-7

Faculty Bio

Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

Brian Stephens

Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3798
Email: Stephensb@UHCL.edu
Office: B3525

Faculty Bio

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