Life Sciences

Chair's Welcome

The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-San Antonio consists of programs in Biology, Psychology, and Public Health. We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in both Biology and Psychology. In Biology, students also have the option of taking a concentration of Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, or Zoology within the B.S. degree. We also have an option for future teachers, i.e. B.S. degree in Biology with Teacher Certification. Public Health is presently a research discipline at A&M – SA, but we will be developing degrees in this field in our growing department. At the graduate level, we offer an M.S. degree in Biology, and we will soon be adding an M.S. degree in Psychology.

We take an integrative approach to the instruction of students, with emphasis on engaged learning through small class sizes, laboratory classes with experiential learning opportunities, and internship opportunities. Project-based learning also occurs in our department via directed research opportunities pursued by students working directly with professors on topical research problems. Our degree programs prepare students for direct entry into the workplace, teacher certification, or preparation for graduate or other professional school programs (e.g. medical school, dental school, and other allied health-related programs). To that end, we are heavily involved with a special committee of faculty (many from the Life Sciences) that specifically advise students interested in health-related careers, i.e. the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). This committee guides our students on the pathway to health professions careers. Regardless of pathway, we emphasize critical thinking in our teaching, and we teach our students to become life-long learners. It is an exciting time to enroll in college at Texas A&M University-San Antonio! We have a new Science and Technology building with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for teaching and research, and the campus is expanding every semester as we strive to help our students achieve their educational and career goals.

Marvin M. F. Lutnesky, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Life Sciences
Office: (210) 784-2285
Science and Technology Building, 311-S
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224

Mission Statement: The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-San Antonio strives to provide a rich educational experience for students through face-to-face instruction, on-line learning, and hybrid courses with small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology. We emphasize hands-on experiential learning and critical thinking, and the participation of undergraduate students in the scholarship efforts of the faculty. We strive to provide our students with leadership skills and values to prepare them for the work-place, for advanced study, and for an ever-changing world