Biology students study the science of life. Through classroom study, hands-on laboratory experience, and undergraduate research opportunities, biology students at Trinity become knowledgeable, curious, and, simultaneously, flexible in their abilities to think across biological scales and subjects.

Fast Facts
  • 3 major tracks: ecology and evolution, cellular and molecular biology, and individualized program
  • Conduct research with faculty as early as your first year
  • One of two most common majors for students eyeing medical school
  • Strong track record for acceptance into professional programs
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What You'll Study

From bench to field research, develop skills beyond the textbook


Learn alongside accessible mentors

Trinity faculty value and mentor students as colleagues in inquiry, blending the definition of scholarship and teaching.

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James (Jim) Shinkle, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Gerard M. J. Beaudoin, III
Gerard M. J. Beaudoin, III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Lawrence Espey, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Luis Giavedoni, Ph.D.
Brackenridge Distinguished Professor
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Ryan Gilley
Visiting Assistant Professor
Frank Healy
Frank Healy, Ph.D.
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Tomas Hrbek, Ph.D.
Cowles Distinguished Professor
Kelly Lyons
Kelly Lyons, Ph.D.
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Troy Murphy, Ph.D.
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James Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Bethany Strunk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Brian Teague, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Research, grow and explore in top-notch facilities and field opportunities


Jacob Uhrich Scholarship Award

These scholarships were established by an endowment created in honor of professor Jacob Uhrich, a former biology...

Honors Programs

Honors in Biology

By the start of your Junior year, you will identify and secure a biology faculty sponsor to direct your honors research project...

Research Opportunities

Students participate in research both during the academic year and summer, working either at Trinity or at other universities or research institutions...

Study Abroad

Costa Rican Ecology Program

Students in the Costa Rican Ecology Program will spend a month surveying and sampling a variety of mammals while studying...

Experiential Learning

Research Internships

Students may arrange for an off-campus study in a research laboratory, with prior written approval of a faculty member and...


Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI)

Trinity’s integrated, 300,000-square-foot science and engineering complex contains glass-walled...

Student Organizations

Biology Club

The Biology Club is a student organization open to all students with an interest in biology. This very active organization coordinates...

Student Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Senior Biology Student

This award is based upon academic achievement, potential for research in biology or the biomedical sciences, and...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Monday Afternoon Seminar Series

One of the major activities of the biology department is the Monday afternoon seminar series, during which students...

When You Graduate

Excel in health, research, tech, and beyond

Our graduates are equipped with powerful intellectual tools that enable them to engage successfully in the career of their choice and make decisions as informed and critically thinking global citizens.


Trinity students with biology degrees are successful in a broad range of careers, including research and development and health professions.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Dental school
  • Medical school
  • Optometry school
  • Pursuit of terminal degree (PhD)
  • Veterinary school 

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Medical Professional
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Public Health
  • Teaching
  • Wildlife and Conservation biology

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • Brooks City Base
    • Conservation International
    • Kaplan Test Preparation
    • Nature Conservancy
    • San Antonio Water System
    • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • UT Health Science Center


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