Copepods (Tigriopus californicus) (Chris Willett lab) photo credit: Ryuji Machida
Biology is the study of life from both basic and applied perspectives across a broad range of analytical levels, from the molecule and cell to the organism and ecosystem.
The Department of Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill offers a general course of study in biology – there are no specific concentration degree tracks (except Quantatitive Biology), nor is there a specific pre-med track. The Bachelor of Science(BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees with a major in Biology provide a liberal education directed toward an appreciation of the complexity of nature and prepare students for careers in the biological, environmental, and medical sciences. The B.S. and B.A. majors in Biology train students for careers in the health professions (including medical, dental, and veterinary) and in research, teaching, or medical practice in institutions of higher education, government, and private industry. Professional (M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., and D.D.M.) and advanced academic (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) degree programs in the health and life sciences usually require knowledge of biological processes provided by the degree programs in Biology.
Departmental majors gain a firm foundation in essential areas of biology through the core curriculum and have ample opportunity to specialize in animal behavior, biomechanics, botany, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, organismal biology, physiology, and plant biology.