NCSU CALS Biology -Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences

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B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences (five options)
BLS: Biological Sciences   MCD: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology concentration IPN: Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology concentration HB: Human Biology concentration EEC: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration
    The area of concentration will be noted on your transcript.  Your diploma will indicate that you earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.
BLS single page description (pdf)   MCD single page description (pdf) IPN single page description (pdf) HB single page description (pdf) EEC single page description (pdf)

Students entering NC State in Summer 2013 and later will follow curricula that end with "137" -- you can view your personalized online degree audit through MyPack Portal.  If you want to look at the online requirements for a curriculum other than your own, go to the Curricula Requirements Lookup link in MyPack Portal, choose College of Sciences (or a different college if appropriate), then choose the curriculum of interest from the drop-down menu.
BLS 137 curriculum requirements (pdf)   MCD 137 requirements (pdf) IPN 137 requirements (pdf) HB 137 requirements (pdf) EEC 137 requirements (pdf)

Students entering NC State Summer 2011 through Spring 2013 follow curricula that end with "116"
BLS 116 curriculum requirements (pdf)   MCD 116 requirements (pdf) IPN 116 requirements (pdf) HB 116 requirements (pdf) EEC 116 requirements (pdf)

Students entering NC State Fall 2009 through Spring 2011 follow curricula that end with "097"
BLS 097 curriculum requirements (pdf)   MCD 097 curriculum requirements (pdf) IPN 097 curriculum requirements (pdf) HB 097 curriculum requirements (pdf) EEC 097 curriculum requirements (pdf)

Students entering NC State BEFORE Fall 2009 follow curricula that end with "088"
BLS 088 curriculum requirements updated (pdf)   MCD 088 curriculum requirements (pdf) IPN 088 curriculum requirements (pdf) HB 088 curriculum requirements (pdf) EEC 088 curriculum requirements (pdf)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological Sciences educates students broadly in biology.  Students explore the structure, function, behavior, and evolution of cells, organisms, populations, and ecosystems.  The B.S. in Biological Sciences differs from the B.S. in Zoology primarily in the emphasis on animals in Zoology. 

There are five different ways to meet the requirements for a B.S. in Biological Sciences, each with its own degree code.  Students studying for a degree in Biological Sciences can opt for a general curriculum (BLS) or can choose to focus in a particular area by selecting one of four areas of concentration: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCD), Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology (IPN), Human Biology (HB), or Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EEC).  All of these curricula lead to a variety of overlapping post-graduation school and career options; we encourage you to look at the differences in course requirements and select a curriculum that best matches your academic interests.

Students in all of these curricula take the same core courses in introductory biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus and must meet the same General Education Requirements.  The curricula differ in more advanced course requirements and electives.  For example, MCD requires an advanced cell biology course and a course in recombinant DNA technology, IPN requires a neurobiology course and an endocrinology course, HB requires two semesters of human anatomy and physiology as well as microbiology, EEC requires a field ecology course, an evolution course, and a course in conservation biology, and BLS requires students to choose one course in each of four areas: animals, plants, organismal function, and ecology and evolution. 

There are other differences as well, including a list of electives specific to each curriculum.  For details, you can click on the requirements for the curricula in which you are interested (links are above), print them out, and look at them side-by-side.   For a quick comparison, try our new Curricula Comparison Tool.

Dr. William Grant
Coordinator, B.S. in BioSci
Department of Biology
2712 Bostian Hall
Kathy Muldowney
BioSci Undergrad Student Services
Department of Biology
2712 Bostian Hall
Dr. Jane Lubischer
Director, Undergraduate Programs
Department of Biology
124 David Clark Labs

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