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.
Visit the pre-health web site to learn how to prepare for a career in a health-related field.
Mark your calendar! The chili cook-off is now twice each year. The traditional cook-off is in the spring, and the international cook-off is in the fall. For information on how to enter, please visit the cook-off page.
Biology research days
Part of the UNC Research Celebration, in April.
Our students have a lot to say
"One of the biggest factors that contributed to my success was the support system the professors create" -- Sandra
"Attending UNC for my undergraduate education has proved to be one of the best decisions that I have ever made" -- Shalacia
"The Biological Sciences program really prepared me for my future career" -- Ryan
The story of a biology student
Yessica shares her unique story of finding her place and community at UNC.
Read or hear her story through the Bear in Mind podcast
The story of a biology PhD graduate
“In the laboratory, I had a tremendous amount of freedom and support from my advisor and colleagues, which truly helped me become the researcher I wanted to be, all while answering some really interesting scientific questions.”
Learning science by doing science
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.
Pre-health students visit Spain for the summer
Biology pre-health students and others from UNC traveled to Spain over the summer to gain clinical hours, cherished memories and insights from physicians on what it truly means to be a healthcare professional.
From the Department Chair
"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. Mit McGlaughlin
Biology Degree Options
Undergraduate Degree Emphases
At UNC, when you declare a 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 degree with an emphasis in:
- Prehealth and Biomedical sciences
- Cellular and Molecular biology
- Ecology and Evolutionary biology
- Secondary Teaching
- Biology Liberal Arts
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:
- Master's of Science (M.S., thesis) in Biological Sciences
- Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biology Education
Coursework-based graduate programs (M.S. and M.B.S.):