We are in what has been called the “Century of Biology,” and Biological Sciences is one of the largest majors at UNC Charlotte. The program prepares students for a growing number of careers and professional and graduate programs in medicine and other allied health professions, dental and veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental management, conservation, research, science journalism, education, and more.
The Department of Biological Sciences’ B.A. and B.S. programs provide all students with a broad introduction to cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, and physiology. Both B.A. and B.S. programs require the same core curriculum of biology courses. The B.A. degree provides a foundation in the basic principles of biology with more flexibility to study other areas of interest as preparation for many careers, such as teaching, natural resource management, science journalism, law, and business. The B.S. degree provides more in-depth focus in science for more opportunity in academic or professional science programs, such as academic or government research or medical school. For elective courses, students collaborate with their advisor to choose topics that interest them and provide a broad range of knowledge and skills to serve in the future. Throughout the curriculum, faculty provide hands-on research opportunities through the core labs, individualized research courses, internships, and the honors program.
The Minor in Biology is offered for students who desire some experience in biology as an adjunct to their major. The Minor in Biotechnology provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with an internship for students interested in this emerging field.
The department offers two Graduate Certificate programs; early entry Master’s, non-thesis-based Master’s and thesis-based Master’s programs; and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences. For details, see the department website and the Graduate Catalog.
Early Entry Programs