• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Students majoring in Biology learn about the basic organization, processes and dynamics of the living world. The program of study provides students with a liberal education emphasizing the life sciences. The many subdisciplines of biology can prepare students for a wide range of careers and professional schools. 


Career Opportunities

Our present-day world offers unprecedented challenges and opportunities for those interested in the science of Biology. The subjects of study for UNM biologists literally span the globe - from bacteria in the Antarctica, Yellowstone's hot springs or New Mexico's deep caves; to parasites from Indian elephants or South American snails; to the immune system of Australia's platypus; to the plants of southern Africa. 

Studies underway at UNM reveal patterns and processes in entire ecosystems and watersheds, reveal the complexities posed by the 10,000 genes of the bread mold Neurospora, or use the methods of computational biology to explore the redundancy inherent in genetic networks. World class studies of southwestern plants, fruit fly development, fungal genomics, life history theory, biological scaling, and behavioral ecology, to name but a few, are all underway here. 

The Biology Department is not just for researchers—it is also a great venue for students to explore the mysteries of life (UNM Department of Biology website).  A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, many employers also require graduate school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Elements of Calculus
  • General Chemistry
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Genetics 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ecology and Evolution

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Curriculum should include the following courses:

  • English - 4 units with at least 1 composition course in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • Mathematics - 4 units: Typically college preparatory courses at the Algebra I content/skill level and higher. 
  • Social Science - 3 units: one unit should be U.S. History, other courses might include additional history courses, sociology and psychology.
  • Physical Science - 3 units: two courses should be laboratory science such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics. 
  • Foreign Language - 2 units of a single language other than English or demonstrated proficiency equal to a typical second level course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22711 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22711 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22586 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22586 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7322 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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