Feb 21, 2024
The B.A. in Biology is a liberal arts degree intended to provide a broad-based biological background but with enough flexibility to permit students to take more courses in areas of interest other than biology. This is especially good for students interested in teaching in secondary education (junior high and high school), or whose careers may be other than in an area of biology.
Additional Admission Requirements
Students are eligible to declare a Major in Biology when enrolled in BIOL 2120 or BIOL 2130, and co-enrolled in CHEM 1251 and CHEM 1251L. Students with prior credit earned at UNC Charlotte must have a minimum overall and Biology GPA of 2.0.
A Major in Biology leading to the B.A. degree requires a total of 120 credit hours, including 32 credit hours of Biology. At least 12 hours of Biology credits must be taken at UNC Charlotte. Biology courses at the 1000-level do not count toward major-level credit.
General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)
For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program. All Biology majors must take three hours of Writing Intensive (W) coursework in Biology at UNC Charlotte.
Major Courses (21 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Courses
Physiology Course (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Evolution-Oriented Course (3-4 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Additional courses considered upon special request.
Biology Laboratory Courses (3 credit hours)
Select three biology laboratory courses at or above the 3000-level.
Related Courses (18 credit hours)
Senior Seminar Course (1 credit hour)
Unrestricted Elective Courses
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
Cooperative Education Program
Students majoring in Biology may obtain practical work experience while pursuing their degrees. The Cooperative Education Program allows qualified students either to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time work experience or to combine part-time academic study and part-time work during the same semester. Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply. Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. The work experience is arranged by the University Career Center and must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences. Placements are based on a student’s academic interests and on the availability of appropriate positions and are carried out under the supervision of a Biology faculty member who serves as co-op advisor. Work semesters are followed by participation in the Biology Cooperative Education Seminar.
Enrolling in any Biology course requires a grade of C or above in all prerequisites for that course. Majors must earn a C or above in BIOL 2120 and BIOL 2130 before taking other Biology courses. Any student who earns less than a C may retake the course once, for a total of two attempts. After twice receiving a grade below C in BIOL 2120, BIOL 2130, or BIOL 2140L, students may not enroll in the course again and are ineligible for continuation in bachelor degree programs in Biology. Additionally, students who have two successive semesters with a cumulative GPA in Biology of less than 2.0 are ineligible for continuation in bachelor degree programs in Biology.
For details about the Honors Program in Biology, visit the program page.
For a suggested curriculum progression toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.