Oct 22, 2021  
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biology

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Douglas P. Henderson, PhD
Professor of Biology

Dr. Henderson is microbiologist who studies two intestinal pathogens, Vibrio cholenrae and Plesiomonas shigelloides. His research concerns how these pathogens acquire iron from heme, the iron-containing component of hemoglobin. He is also working on the development of temporary blood substitute, based on his work with heme iron transport in bacteria. His results have been published in the Journal of Bacteriology, Infection and Immunity, and Molecular Microbiology.

Administered by the Department of Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Courses in Biology apply to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and to a minor in Biology. Degree programs in Biology provide preparation for careers in elementary and secondary teaching; research in basic and applied biological sciences; medicine; veterinary medicine; chiropractic medicine; dentistry; optometry; pharmacy; physical therapy; medical technology and other health fields. As a minor, Biology is a good supporting field for majors in Chemistry, Geology, Psychology and Kinesiology. The introductory sequence, General Biology (BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106 , BIOL 1307 /BIOL 1107 ), is required for all Biology degree plans and is appropriate for meeting the University general education requirements for two science courses with laboratory (8 semester credit hours). Biology for Non-majors (BIOL 1308 , BIOL 1108 ) is appropriate for, in part, meeting the University general education requirements of two laboratory science courses. BIOL 1308  and BIOL 1108  are recommended for students whose major or minor is not in Biology and whose degree program does not require BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106  and BIOL 1307 /BIOL 1107 . Some majors not in Biology, for example Kinesiology, do specifically require their students to take BIOL 1306 -BIOL 1106  and BIOL 1307 -BIOL 1107 , and will not accept BIOL 1308 -BIOL 1108  in their place; if in doubt, students should consult their academic advisor in their major to ascertain whether BIOL 1306 -BIOL 1106  and BIOL 1307 -BIOL 1107  are required for their major.

The Biology program features three basic degree plans: a Pre-professional Plan, a Teaching Certification Plan and a General Studies Plan. Students planning a major in Biology should consult with their initial advisor to prepare a degree plan no later than the first semester of enrollment. No more than 45 semester credit hours of Biology may be applied toward the 120 semester credit hour minimum required for a degree. Students seeking to earn a B.S. with a major in Biology must pass all courses taken for the major, minor, general education, and the support and Science & Mathematics requirements on the Biology degree plans with a grade of C or better. Before enrolling in a course, any prerequisites to that course must be passed with a grade of C or better.

In addition to the University general education degree requirements, a major in Biology requires completion of certain supporting courses necessary and appropriate for a major in Biology. The total number of upper level hours applicable to the BS in Biology must be at least 48 credit hours but may be more in a specific degree plan. These courses are included in the respective degree requirements.

Prerequisites to Health Professions Programs

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin offers academic and pre-professional advising toward a number of professional health programs, including medicine, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. The mission of the health professions advising program is to help students become well informed and well prepared applicants to enter health professional schools. To fulfill this mission, the health professions advising program offers the following services to interested students: academic advising; information regarding prerequisites, application, and admission to various health professional programs, especially those in Texas; some application materials; and in the case of eligible students, information and application assistance to the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). The Health Professions Advisory Committee annually conducts mock interviews for interested applicants to medical and dental schools. Please refer to the Health Professions Advisor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for further information.

These pre-professional health curriculums are not undergraduate majors. Students have the option to major in any academic discipline they choose, and they are encouraged to choose a major that reflects their academic interests and abilities. Nevertheless, most health professional programs require certain courses in mathematics and the natural sciences that must be taken as undergraduate prerequisites in addition to a student’s major requirements if those courses are not otherwise taken for the degree. Therefore, largely for operational convenience, the pre-professional health curriculums are offered primarily through the Biology and Chemistry programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students planning a career in one of the health profession, regardless of major, should contact the health professions advisor for appropriate pre-professional advising.

The health professional schools have, as requirements before an applicant may submit an application to their programs, a minimum number of undergraduate semester credit hours ranging from 60 to 90, depending on the program. The minimum number of hours to apply, however, is not the same as all the hours that are sufficient to gain acceptance. In practice, applicants with these minimum requirements rarely receive admission; a baccalaureate degree is usually highly desirable and in a few cases required, so as a general rule it is recommended that students plan on completing their degree before entering a health professions school.

Below is a course equivalency guide showing the UTPB courses that meet what are essentially the minimum requirements for entry into the various health professional programs in the State of Texas. This guide is only approximate, and schools occasionally change their prerequisites. Students should contact the University Health Professions Advisor or the individual professional school for more complete or updated information. Entry into these programs is very competitive. Following the course equivalency guide does not guarantee acceptance into a professional school. Therefore, students should choose a major that prepares them for alterative career choices.

Pre-professional Course Requirements for Health Professional Schools in Texas

With minor exceptions, all of the doctoral-granting health professional schools in Texas (medicine, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine) require the following block of undergraduate prerequisites. For laboratory courses, the laboratory component is required. Below the table of common prerequisites, additional or special requirements for various schools are summarized as conveniently as possible.

Course Requirement Subject and Hours UTPB Course Equivalent
English Composition I and II (6 sch) ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302  
General Biology I and II with lab (8 sch) BIOL 1306 -BIOL 1106 BIOL 1307 -BIOL 1107  
General Chemistry I and II with lab (8 sch) CHEM 1311  -CHEM 1111 , CHEM 1312 -CHEM 1112  
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (8 sch) CHEM 3411-CHEM 3113 , CHEM 3412-CHEM 3114  
Physics I and II with (8 sch) (some programs require calculus-based physics) PHYS 2325 -PHYS 2125 , PHYS 2326 -PHYS 2126  or PHYS 1301 -PHYS 1101 , PHYS 1302 -PHYS 1102  
Calculus I and Statistics MATH 2413  and MATH 3301  (most programs require
MATH Statistics; consult Health Professions Advisor)

Additional Course Requirements, by Health Professional Program

Minimum two upper level Biology courses:

All medical schools except UT-San Antonio require two upper level Biology courses but make no specifications.

The following medical schools – Texas A&M, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas Tech-Lubbock, Foster School of Medicine (Texas Tech-El Paso), University of Texas-San Antonio – require MATH or STAT statistics.

Texas Tech-Lubbock, Foster School of Medicine (Texas Tech-El Paso), and UT-San Antonio require Biochemistry (BIOL 4320 ).

Special required courses:

  • BIOL 3300 -BIOL 3101 , Microbiology with lab (4 sch), optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine
  • BIOL 4303 , Nutrition (3 sch), veterinary medicine
  • BIOL 3350 -BIOL 3151  and BIOL 3352 -BIOL 3153 , Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (8 sch), optometry, pharmacy
  • BIOL 4320 , Biochemistry (3 sch), dentistry, optometry, veterinary, and UT-San Antonio medicine
  • BIOL 4340 -BIOL 4141 , Genetics with lab (4 sch), pharmacy, veterinary medicine
  • ENGL 23xx, Survey of X Literature (3 sch), required by pharmacy, veterinary medicine
  • COSC 1335 , Computers & Problem Solving (3 sch), required by chiropractic medicine
  • PSYC 1301 , Intro. to Psychology (3 sch), required by chiropractic medicine, optometry
  • Various additional but often unspecified hours in humanities and social sciences (Psychology, Sociology) required by chiropractic medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine

Important notes:

  1. All science prerequisite courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) must be the courses required for science majors; for example, BIOL 1308 -BIOL 1108 , Biology for Non-Science Majors, and CHEM 1301 -1101, Chemistry in Context, are not accepted as prerequisites.
  2. Remedial, developmental, or “English as a second language” courses are not accepted as prerequisites; for example, ENGL 0399, MATH 0398, MATH 0399, and CHEM 1305 , Intro to Chemistry, are not accepted.
  3. University of Houston College of Optometry requires both Calculus and Statistics.

Clinical Laboratory Science Transfer Program

The University of Texas Medical Branch, in conjunction with the University of Texas-Permian Basin, offers a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students in this program complete the first 60 hours of the degree program at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and then apply to transfer to the University of Texas Medical Branch. Courses in the second 60 hours of the program are taught at the University of Texas-Permian Basin campus using video-conference lectures from the University of Texas Medical Branch. The laboratory portion of the UTMB courses are taught at the University of Texas-Permian Basin campus. A required clinical preceptorship is completed at a hospital in the Permian Basin. Required courses in the first 60 hours taken at the University of Texas-Permian Basin must include:

ENGL 1301 Composition 1
ENGL 1302 Composition 2
ENGL 2xxx A 2000 level literature course
HIST 1301 U. S. History to 1877
HIST 1302 U. S. History since 1877
PLSC 2305 American National Politics
PLSC 2306 State and Local Politics
BIOL 1306/1106 General Biology 1 and Lab
BIOL 1307/1107 General Biology 2 and Lab
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry 1 and Lab
CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry 2 and Lab
BIOL 3300/3101 Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 3352/3153 Human Physiology and Lab
MATH 1314 or higher College Algebra or Higher
SOCI/PSYC SOCI 1301 or PSYC 1301 Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Psychology
ARTS 1301 (or course in Humanities) Art Appreciation or other course in the humanities
Electives 7 hours  

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