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Programs in Biological Science

Our flexible degree options prepare you to fully grasp the challenges of this rapidly changing science and find solutions to questions that matter to you.

The flexible structure of our programs encourages students to immerse themselves in interdisciplinary areas of study and customize the curriculum to suit their education and career goals. You will develop cutting-edge research in various biological areas — from virology and microbiology to neuroscience, genetics, and beyond. Working in a close-knit, collaborative environment, you will receive personal advice from our faculty and work directly with your mentors in laboratories on state-of-the-art equipment that supports leading-edge microscopy, DNA analysis, and more.

Working on outdoor sites is integral to teaching and includes visits to ecological field sites such as the Oklahoma Cross Timbers and the Ozark Mountains. In addition to deepening your critical thinking and communication skills, we greatly emphasize student engagement. You will enrich your learning experience by joining a diverse student community.

100% Placement Rate

$65K Annual Median Pay with Biology Degree

#20 Forbes' Top STEM Universities

#1 National Merit Scholars Per Capita

Professional Opportunities

As a UTulsa biology and biological science graduate, you are well-equipped to find opportunities in wide-ranging settings, from genetic laboratories to public health organizations. Our alumni pursue meaningful careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, organismic biology, molecular and cellular biology, ecology, and more. Some of our alumni employers include world-renowned companies and institutions: CVS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health.

Job opportunities:

  • Medical doctor
  • Veterinarian
  • Researcher
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forensics
  • Biology teacher

The best part of my time at UTulsa was my research experience, the compounds we developed in the lab actually killed brain cancer cells at a significant rate. That was just such an amazing experience because this could lead to medicine in the future that will target those brain cancer cells while not harming healthy human cells.”

Reema Moussa, BS ’23 Biology Alumna

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. UTulsa’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your UTulsa experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      UTulsa students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at UTulsa. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      UTulsa encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence - backed by UTulsa’s job placement guarantee.

      UTulsa is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Alumnae awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    The University of Tulsa is proud to announce that two recent Oxley College of Health & Natural Sciences alumnae have received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards for 2024: Karina Cunningham (B.S. ’22) and Hannah Reeb (B.S. ’24). “I feel grateful for the research mentorship and experiences that have led me to the GRFP,” Reeb said. “I am lucky to have had some amazing opportunities during my time at TU, and I very much credit becoming a fellow to those experiences.”

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    The Department of Biological Science at UTulsa prepares graduates for the challenges of a rapidly changing science while developing the skills needed to excel in writing and science literacy, ethical reasoning, critical thinking and communication and the ability to adjust to modern society’s complex technological components.

    Department of Biological Science