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.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

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

  • Minor

    A biology minor offers students in other majors the opportunity to add a well-rounded understanding of biology to their major. 

  • Cell and molecular biology emphasis

    The cell and molecular biology emphasis includes courses in genetics and cell biology, on top of your general biology education. 

  • Ecology and evolutionary biology emphasis

    An emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology allows you to round out your biology major with courses that focus on population biology, evolution and ecological theory.

  • Secondary education and biology

    Our NevadaTeach program in secondary education and biology allows you to earn  both a bachelor's degree in biology and a degree in secondary education, preparing you for a career in biology as well as a career teaching biology at the high-school level. 

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.

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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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