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Department of Natural Sciences


The Biology Department helps students to appreciate the significance of the biological sciences and gain proficiency in the scientific method, problem solving, and laboratory-based inquiry. Biology majors are prepared for graduate work and careers in a range of scientific and multidisciplinary fields. The program offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and minors in Biology. Areas of concentration within the BA and BS degrees allow students to focus their educational and post-baccalaureate goals:

  • General Biology – for students interested in general scientific research, academic careers, technology development, or graduate study in biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, physiology, and related fields.
  • Environmental Biology Concentration – for students interested in conservation, environmental technology, public policy, or wildlife preservation.  Also prepares students for graduate study in ecology or environmental science.
  • Human Biology Concentration – for students pursuing admissions into allied health programs and related careers (nursing, physical therapy, medical technology, physician assistant, and public health).
  • Pre-Medical Concentration – for students seeking admission into dental, medical, pharmacy, or veterinary programs.
  • Biology Educator Concentration – for students pursuing a teaching career in biology.

The Minor in Biology provides an area of secondary expertise for a variety of careers, including journalism, public policy, computer science, consulting, chemistry, and business.

Download the Biology Program Information and Brochure below for more details on coursework and degree plans.


Special Programs and Activities

  • Environmental Studies

HT now offers an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies degree program for students interested in areas like public policy, conservation, environmental advocacy, multidisciplinary research, and education. Contact Dean Keddy-Hector for more information.

  • Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP)

JAMP provides early admission to a Texas medical school for qualified HT students. HT students apply to the program between May of their freshman year and October of their sophomore year. Successful applicants are provided with MCAT preparation, summer research internships, and pre-admission counseling to ensure a successful medical school experience. Read more about program criteria and components at the JAMP website and contact the HT JAMP faculty director, Amanda Masino.

  • Minority Association of Premedical/Prehealth Students (MAPS)

MAPS provides enrichment activities for students interested in health professions, including seminars in medical/graduate school preparation, networking opportunities, and travel to conferences. Contact Amanda Masino, the faculty advisor of HT-MAPS, for more information.

  • STEM Scholars Research Program