Welcome to Biology

Your education is our primary mission. We offer you a friendly, supportive, and student-centered educational environment.  Our classes are taught by professors who are experts in their fields.  They will help you gain real-world experience in our cutting-edge teaching and research facilities.  Learning and doing biology at UNC will give you the skills and confidence to succeed in whatever future you choose.

Biology news

Dr. Ginger Fisher gave her students an up-close experience in marine biology through a field trip to the barrier reefs of Belize

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 Field trip to the reefs of Belize

Dr. Stephan Mackessy is an internationally recognized expert on venomous snakes.  His research has been featured on Fox News, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Discovery Channel.

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Mackessy with snake

Dr. Scott Franklin is a professor with burning questions.  He studies the resilience of plant ecosystems after disturbances such as fire, flood, and insect infestations, all of which are common here in Colorado.  

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At UNC you have the opportunity to learn biology through doing biology research.  Then tell the world about what you have discovered at UNC's research celebration.

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Undergraduate research

 Susan Keenan

From the School Director

"The School of Biology provides an environment to nurture success — for students and faculty alike. We have modern facilities and the cutting edge equipment necessary for teaching and research as well as many highly motivated and talented faculty and students. A highlight for me: the one-on-one faculty-student mentoring experiences that take place in the lab. These interactions are richly rewarding and are indicative of the many wonderful opportunities available at UNC.” -Dr. Susan Keenan

Biology Degree Options

Undergraduate Biology Emphases

At UNC, when you declare an undergraduate major in biology, you’ll take classes from professors who are experts in your interest area. You’ll benefit from a student-centered education and can earn your Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in:

Graduate Degrees in Biology

Pursue research-intensive graduate work in biology, or focus on coursework-based graduate programs as you earn your master’s or doctorate at UNC. 

Research-intensive graduate programs:

 Coursework-based graduate programs (M.S. and M.B.S.):