NCSU CALS Biology -Want to Transfer into Biology?

This program is moving to the College of Sciences on July 1, 2013, as part of the new Department of Biological Sciences. This page will remain available for a period of time after that date, but please note that the permanent home for the latest information on this program is at the new department’s website at

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Want to Transfer into Biology?

The Intracampus Transfer Process
  • Talk to your current adviser about your academic interests.
  • If you are comparing to other majors, you may want to meet with a cross-curriculum advisor in Academic Advising Services (515-8130).
  • We no longer require that you attend an information session.
  • Keep or bring your GPA above 2.80 -- this is not a guarantee of admission, but is a minimum requirement for consideration.  We also look at your grades in biology, chemistry, and calculus courses.  We must also take into consideration space availability.
  • Complete and submit the Change of Degree Application (CODA).  You do NOT need to complete any other application.
If you have questions, call 515-3341 or e-mail
*Students wishing to transfer into Biological Sciences or Zoology majors should use the online CODA system to apply.  Advisors will be available to answer individual questions on a walk-in basis from 2:00 to 4:00 in Bostian 2717 on Friday, November 15 and again on Monday, November 18.  Students whose questions cannot wait until then may call 515-3341 or e-mail

If you are...

...a current NCSU student interested in Zoology or Biological Sciences  -- start by learning more about our degree programs, then attend a Department of Biology information session.  (If you aren't sure about whether or not you want to join Zoology or Biological Sciences, you can also take advantage of cross-curricular advising through Academic Advising Services 515-8130.)  When you are ready, complete a Change of Degree Application (CODA).   You do NOT need to complete any other application. undergraduate at a different institution interested in joining the NCSU Department of Biology -- start by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Student page.  

...a student in the NC State Agricultural Institute -- start by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Student page.

The Department of Biology at NC State offers undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and in Zoology.  Both are Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with rigorous curricula in biology and supporting fields, like chemistry (4 semesters), calculus (2 semesters), and physics (2 semesters).

Within Biological Sciences, students can pursue the BLS curriculum, which provides a breadth of training that spans plant and animal life across a range of levels of analysis.  Alternatively, students who prefer to focus on a particular area of biology can choose to pursue an area of concentration, each of which represents a different focus within the biological sciences and each of which has its own curriculum code:

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology concentration (MCD)
Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology concentration (IPN)
Human Biology concentration (HB)
Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology concentration (EEC) 

Students who wish to focus their studies on the animal side of biology should consider the Zoology curriculum (SZO).

To learn more about the specific requirements of each of our curricula, visit our Undergraduate Academic Programs home page or use the Curricula Comparison Tool to see a side-by-side comparison.

Students in the Department of Biology also take advantage of many other opportunities, including close consultation with academic advisers; research, teaching, and internship opportunities; honors and scholars programs; fellowships; study abroad; student clubs; Vet PAC (for those interested in animal health professions) and Health PAC (for those interested in human health professions).  For more information, we encourage you to explore the
Biology Undergraduate pages.

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