What’s Unique about Biology at UNCG?

  • Opportunities to perform research under the direct guidance of faculty mentors
  • State-of-the-art facilities that include confocal, fluorescence, and electron microscopes; environmental sampling and analytical equipment; nucleic acid sequencers; advanced documentation systems for biotechnology; growth chambers; greenhouses; and animal-care facilities
  • A wide selection of upper-level courses to interest all students, including courses in virology, neurobiology, evolution, the environment, microbiology, and cancer
  • Ties with other departments such as Nutrition, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Math, Physics, and Geography, which expand educational opportunities that cross disciplines
  • Accelerated master’s program for biology majors

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Beta Beta Beta, the biological national honor society: Members of the UNCG chapter organize social and philanthropic activities and help coordinate the spring departmental graduation ceremony.
  • Biology Club (Beta Iota Omicron): a community service-oriented club for students interested in biology or any science.

Student Opportunities

  • Opportunities for research experience with internationally renowned faculty (students often present their work at national meetings and publish scientific papers in journals)
  • Internships at companies and organizations in the North Carolina Piedmont
  • Work possibilities, such as undergraduate lab assistant and lab technician positions
  • Honors program in biology
  • Studies abroad (for example, sea turtle conservation on location in Costa Rica)
  • Weekly departmental seminars involving leading biologists
  • Math-Bio undergraduate research mentoring program


  • Career options include a wide spectrum of jobs such as research technologist, medical lab technologist, physician, pharmacist, and plant conservation biologist.
  • Graduates of the program have pursued careers with Guilford Day School, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Fuji Corporation, Pfizer, South West Cancer Center, and Western Rockingham Family Medical Center, among many other excellent institutions.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees through graduate and health profession schools in order to pursue further training and professional degrees. Graduate schools attended by recent graduates include
  • Wake Forest University, University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cornell University, Yale University, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University.
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312 Eberhart Building


Department Head:
Malcolm Schug

Available Curriculum

B.A., B.S., B.S. with Concentration in Environmental Biology, B.S. with Concentration in Biotechnology, B.S. with Concentration in Human Biology


M.S. Biology, Ph.D. Environmental Health Science

Common Interests

Government & Politics
Health & Wellness