Bachelor of Science in Biology for Pre-Health Professions

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Earn your bachelor of science degree in biology at TWU.

Our B.S. in biology degree offers excellent preparation for admission into health professions programs. With a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, you will satisfy the prerequisite coursework for medical, dental, pharmacy or physician assistant programs. Our program offers the flexibility to choose from exciting upper division elective courses, so that you can tailor the program to suit your individual professional goals. You also have the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and marketable lab skills working with our expert faculty to investigate challenging, real-world problems, like improving crop yields and developing novel treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Our pre-health professions advising committee will help you connect with professionals, identify shadowing opportunities, and prepare for admission into a health professions program. 

Program features

Unparalleled research opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you will participate in cutting-edge research with faculty who are strongly committed to their roles as teachers and as scholars. You will have opportunities to present your work at local, regional and national scientific conferences. Many of our undergraduate students are co-authors on peer-reviewed papers published in prestigious journals like Molecular Cell Biology and Evolution, Genetics, and Infection.

State of the art instrumentation

Learn the theory and practice behind laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology in our outstanding, state of the art biology laboratories. Our department features modern instrumentation such as the Nikon spinning disk confocal microscope, Beckman CytoFlex flow cytometer, Quant3 quantitative PCR thermal cycler, and MiSeq DNA sequence analyzer.

Award-winning faculty

Our faculty have been recognized with dozens of awards, including most recently the Distinction in Scholarship Award, the Mary Mason Lyons Award for Distinguished Junior Faculty, and the Humphries Award for Loyalty and Dedication to TWU. Biology faculty have also been selected as Chancellor’s Research Fellows and have won grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Degree details

  • The standard B.S. in Biology degree plan is ideal for Pre-Health Professions students and includes all the prerequisite coursework for most U.S. medical and dental schools.
  • Suggested electives include BACT 4113/4111 Immunology and BIOL 4344 Pathophysiology. It is recommended that students take CHEM 3633/3632 Biochemistry I to complete the Chemistry minor. In consultation with our advisor, you may also qualify for approval to substitute ZOOL 2013/2021 Anatomy and Physiology I and ZOOL 2023/2021 Anatomy and Physiology II for ZOOL 4243/4241 Mammalian Physiology.
  • Course Rotation

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate admission to Texas Woman’s University is based on a number of criteria including academic achievement, academic preparation and standardized test scores. An offer of admission from TWU is valid for four terms, if the applicant has not attended another institution of higher education. If students do not attend TWU within four terms, they must reapply, pay the application fee, and submit the appropriate credentials. Applicants who would like to make changes to an application should contact the Office of Admissions Processing or complete the Application Change form. For specific undergraduate admission requirements, please refer to the links below.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions Processing
Texas Woman’s University
P. O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
phone: 940-TWU-3076 or 1-866-809-6130; ext. 3076


Need more information?

Please contact our undergraduate program adviser, Kirsten Donohoo at or 940-898-3850, or fill out the following form:

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