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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

Dr. James receives award

Dr. Andrea James received a Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant for her work on Zebrafish eye development.

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Knights templar

Dr. Mackessy on television

Dr. Steve Mackessy has been featured on several local, national and international news programs to explain his work on venoms.  The most recent story can be viewed here

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Biology stories

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


Learning in the field

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

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.  

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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.

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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.

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 Students in Spain

 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 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:

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.):

  • Master's of Science (M.S., non-thesis) in Biological Sciences offered on-campus and online.
  • Master's of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) offered on-campus and online