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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

Award winner

Dr. Emily Holt is the university's Winchester Scholar. 

Holt Winchester award


Visit the pre-health web site to learn how to prepare for a career in a health-related field.

Pre-health triad

Chili cook-off

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.

Research day

Biology stories

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

Bear in Mind

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.”

Read Anthony's story


Science with an impact

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.  

Learn about our research programs.


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.

Learn about our research programs.

Undergraduate research

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.

Learn more.

 Students in Spain

Scott Franklin

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. Scott Franklin

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

Graduate Degrees

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.):