What will I learn?

Program Description

Biology is the study of life: the cells, physiology, and behavior of all living things. The biological sciences impact almost every aspect of modern life and interface with a multitude of fields and disciplines, including the basic sciences and medicine, social sciences, law, and engineering. This makes studying biology an ideal preparation for a wide range of careers. The Department of Biology at the University of Utah offers a wide range of courses involving field, laboratory, lecture, and library experience. Students pursuing a degree in Biology may complete one of the following emphases:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Environment
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant Biology

Students may also complete minors in Biology Teaching and Integrative Human Biology. Regardless of the specifics of your program, a biology degree will prepare you for postgraduate education in the health sciences and allied fields, graduate school leading to advanced degrees in the biological sciences, and employment in a variety of health- and science-related jobs.

Career Opportunities

The U’s Biology program will prepare you for employment in a number a fields. If you enjoyed your undergraduate research experience, consider continuing or expanding on a topic in graduate school and beyond as a researcher. Other employment opportunities available with further education include work as a professor, physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. Students may also pursue employment in fields such as biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics (analyzing biological data), chemistry, and the environmental sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply the principles of natural selection and mechanisms of genetic change, including trait variation and heritability, to explain the observed diversity of life that has arisen over long-term as well as recent evolutionary time frames.
  • Students will be able to apply a knowledge of genetics, gene expression, growth and development, signal perception and transduction, and physiological regulation to explain how information is stored, transmitted and utilized in biological contexts.
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of molecular, cellular, and organismal structures to explain the diverse set of functions – ranging from the sub cellular to behavioral to ecological – that underlie the remarkable diversity of individual organisms as well as communities of organisms.
  • Students will be able to explain how biological units interact to give rise to emergent properties at multiple levels of biological organization. These interactions range from the cycling of matter and energy at the subcellular to organismal to biogeochemical scales to the interaction and interdependency of organisms, including humans, with their environment.
  • Students will be able to apply the process of science to identify knowledge gaps, formulate hypotheses, and test them against experimental and observational data to advance an understanding of the natural world.
  • Students will be able to use mathematical and computational methods and tools to describe living systems and be able to apply quantitative approaches, such as statistics, quantitative analysis of dynamic systems, or mathematical modeling.
  • Students will be able to apply concepts and subdisciplinary knowledge from within and outside of biology in order to interpret biological phenomena, communicate with clear written and oral arguments, and work collaboratively to solve problems.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,000.00 per year
Application deadline

1 April 2022, 15 July 2022

Start date

11 May 2022, 15 August 2022


College of Science

1390 Presidents Circle,

Crocker Science Center, RM 214,



84112, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman applicants who are completing or have completed their secondary education (high school) and have not yet attended any post-secondary institution (college or university).

For international students

Freshman applicants who are completing or have completed their secondary education (high school) and have not yet attended any post-secondary institution (college or university).

English proficiency: iBT/TOEFL 80 or higher; IELTS 6.5 or higher; Duolingo 105 or higher.


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