NCSU CALS Biology -Undergraduate Academic Programs

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Undergraduate Academic Programs

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What are your academic interests? What courses do you want to take to earn your undergraduate degree?

The Department of Biology at NC State offers several options for undergraduate studies. All of our curricula are designed to  provide a solid foundation in biology as well as the related fields of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In addition, students develop breadth through studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Core courses for all majors in the Department of Biology include BIO 181, BIO 183, GN 311 (formerly GN 411), four semesters of chemistry, two semesters of physics, and two semesters of math.  Additional requirements vary among the different degree options, but each provides some flexibility to select courses that best fit your interests and career goals.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences or in Zoology. Within Biological Sciences you may choose to pursue an area of concentration, which will be indicated on your transcript upon graduation.  Below you can find brief overviews of each of the undergraduate curricula available to students in the Department of Biology with links to details about the requirements for each.

To learn more about the specific requirements of each curriculum, follow the links in the table to the right.  For a quick comparison of the course requirements of these curricula, you can also use our Curricula Comparison Tool


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