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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Texas Tech University offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology through the University Center at MCC in Waco. This program incorporates the core curriculum requirements and additional lower level requirements offered from McLennan Community College. The remaining upper level coursework will be completed as face to face classes on the Waco campus or by online instruction. Courses will be offered in a rotation that will allow students to complete the degree in four years. Students interested in completing this degree will pursue a career in biological research or prepare to continue their education toward medical school, pharmacy school, school of veterinarian medicine, or school of physical therapy.

Program Overview

  • 120 Credit hours
  • This program incorporates the core curriculum requirements and additional lower level requirements offered from McLennan Community College. The remaining upper level coursework will be completed as face to face classes on the Waco campus or by online instruction. Courses will be offered in a rotation that will allow students to complete the degree in four years.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: TTU Waco Advisor
  • Phone: 254-299-TECH (8324)

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University as either a first-time freshman or an undergraduate transfer.
    • The application fee is $60 for U.S. students and $125 for international applicants.
    • In addition to applying, first time freshmen will need to submit ACT or SAT scores whereas only first time freshmen and all applicants need to submit an official high school transcript with class rank.
  2. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  3. Upon acceptance and in order to ensure proper progression towards the degree, you are required to schedule an appointment (254-299-TECH (8324)) and meet with the academic advisor. If you are initially denied accetance into the program, an opportunity exists to file a re-evaluation request pending performance improvement.
    • Texas Tech University will notify you of your application status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Most courses are offered online; however, some courses must be taken at a local college or university. Please see advisor for clarification.

Texas Tech University - Waco
Bachelor of Science in Biology

LOWER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TTU COURSE NUMBER MCC COURSE NUMBER
COMMUNICATION(6 HRS) ENGL 1301, 1302 ENGL 1301, 1302
MATHEMATICS (6 HRS) MATH 1320, 2300 MATH 1314, 1342
GOVERNMENT (6 HRS) POLS 1301, 2300 GOVT 2305, 2306
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY (8 HRS) CHEM 1307/1107, 1308/1108 CHEM 1411, 1412
BIOLOGY FOR SCIENCE MAJORS (8 HRS) BIOL 1403, 1404 BIOL 1406, 1407
LITERATURE (3 HRS) CHOOSE FROM: ENGL 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, 2371, 2388, 2391 CHOOSE FROM: ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2341
HISTORY (6 HRS) HIST 2300, 2301 HIST 1301, 1302
GENERAL PHYSICS (8 HRS) PHYS 1403, 1404 PHYS 1401, 1402
VISUAL & PERF. ARTS (3 HRS) SEE TTU ADVISOR CHOOSE FROM: ART 1301, 1303, 1304, DRAM 1310; MUSI 1306
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (14 HRS) SEE TTU ADVISOR SEE TTU ADVISOR
PERSONAL FIT. & WELLNESS (2 HRS) SEE TTU ADVISOR SEE TTU ADVISOR
MULTICULTURAL (3 HRS) SEE TTU ADVISOR SEE TTU ADVISOR

Maximum transfer hours from JR College is 72 hours

LOWER LEVEL REQUIREMENTS TTU COURSE NUMBER MCC COURSE NUMBER
COMMUNICATION (3 HRS) COMS 2300 SPCH 1315
LITERATURE (3 HRS) CHOOSE FROM: ENGL 2305, 2306, 2307, 2308, 2371, 2388, 2391 CHOOSE FROM: ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2341
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (3 HRS) SEE TTU ADVISOR CHOOSE FROM: SOC 1301,1306; PSYC 2301; ECON 2301, 2302

UPPER LEVEL DEGREE SPECIFIC COURSE
REQUIREMENTS
TTU COURSE NUMBER
GENETICS (4 HRS) BIOL 3416
PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY (3 HRS) BIOL 3309
CELL BIOLOGY (4 HRS) BIOL 3320/3120
ORGANIC EVOLUTION (3 HRS) BIOL 4305
ADVANCED JR BIOLOGY ELECTIVES (17 HRS) CHOOSE FROM BIOL, BOT, MBIO, & ZOOL
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 HRS) CHEM 3305/3105
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4 HRS) CHEM 3306/3106
MOLECULAR BIOCHEMISTRY (3 HRS) CHEM 3310

TOTAL LOWER LEVEL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 70
TOTAL ADDITIONAL LOWER LEVEL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 9
TOTAL UPPER LEVEL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 42
TOTAL HOURS 121

Minimum hours required for degree - 120
Minimum junior/senior hours - 40
This advising sheet is unofficial and is subject to change.

For additional information, please contact the Academic Advisor, Texas Tech University – Waco
1400 College Dr.
Waco, Texas 76708
254-299-TECH (8324)
TTUWaco.Advising@ttu.edu