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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 a Quantatitive Biology sub-plan), 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.

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If you need assistance with registration due to errors, prerequisite notifications, etc., please complete the Registration Help Form. Please complete all fields so that we can accurately assist you. For additional questions, please contact our Undergraduate Student Services Manager, Summer Montgomery.

If you are interested in auditing a BIOL course, please review the UNC-Chapel Hill Policy for auditing courses:
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