Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn in a biology degree program?

The bachelor's degree in biology provides up-to-date training in the biological sciences, including fields of concentration in ecology and evolution as well as molecular and cellular biology.

Learning outcomes

Students in the biology major take courses in related areas of science, such as chemistry and physics, as well as biology courses and electives that allow you to focus on topics that interest you. Students also have the opportunity to participate in faculty-guided biology research.

Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to compete nationally for admission to graduate programs in the life and health sciences, medical and dental school, and entrance into civil service and industrial positions. Requirements for admission to most medical schools can be met by completion of the biology major without the need for additional courses.

Undergraduate research opportunities

The opportunity to work with faculty on research projects is a fundamental part of our biology degree program. We offer students the ability to work in our labs—and potentially earn course credit—studying everything from water conservation to fruit fly genetics or chickadee cognition.

Whether your undergraduate research is the foundation for further research in graduate school or just an opportunity to work with our faculty outside the classroom, hands-on experience in biology research plays a key role in your undergraduate experience in the biology program. 

Options in the biology degree program

Careers with a degree in biology

Biology is a broad degree program that prepares you for a wide range of careers. Biology majors can go on to careers in teaching, health care or industry, and a biology degree also prepares you for further study in graduate school or the health sciences. Although some careers in the life sciences require a master's degree or higher, graduates with a bachelor's degree in biology have the skills necessary for a range of career paths.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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