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.
In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:
- take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
- earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.
For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.
|BIOL 103||How Cells Function F||3|
|or BIOL 104||Biodiversity|
|One of the following five core course options:||3-4|
|Introduction to Ecology|
An organismal structure and diversity course with lab (see list below)
|One course with a laboratory 1||4|
|One course numbered above 400||3-4|
FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.
BIOL 395 counts as a laboratory course for students entering in Fall 2022 or later. Other laboratory courses include all of the Organismal Structure and Diversity courses listed below, any course with an "L" designation (except BIOL 253/L, which does not count as an elective in the major), and the following courses: BIOL 255H, BIOL 256, BIOL 459, BIOL 461, BIOL 463, BIOL 526H, BIOL 535, BIOL 562, and BIOL 563.
|Organismal Structure and Diversity Course List|
| Plant Biology|
and Plant Biology Laboratory
|BIOL 272||Local Flora||4|
| Plant Diversity|
and Plant Diversity Laboratory
|Vertebrate Field Zoology|
and Vertebrate Field Zoology Laboratory
and Animal Behavior Laboratory
|Seminar in Organismal Biology|
and Topics in Organismal Biology Laboratory
& BIOL 421L
and Microbiology Laboratory with Research
|or BIOL 422|
and Microbiology Laboratory
and Vertebrate Embryology Laboratory
and Comparative Physiology Laboratory
and Evolutionary Mechanisms Laboratory
|BIOL 472||Introduction to Plant Taxonomy||4|
|Mammalian Morphology and Development|
and Mammalian Morphology Laboratory
|Evolution of Vertebrate Life|
and Vertebrate Structure and Evolution Laboratory H
|Biology of Marine Animals|
and Biology of Marine Animals Laboratory
and Avian Biology Laboratory
|Topics in Organismal Biology at an Advanced Level|
and Laboratory in Organismal Biology: Advanced Topics
|BIOL 579||Organismal Structure and Diversity in the Southern Appalachian Mountains||4|
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
Biology (BIOL) course descriptions.
See program page here for special opportunities.
Department of Biology
Coker Hall, 120 South Road, CB# 3280
Departmental Advisor, Abbey Fellow
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jason W. Reed
Biology Study Abroad
Assistant for Undergraduate Services