Welcome to Biology | Department of Biology

Welcome to Biology

Here at UNCG Biology, we are committed to providing excellent and comprehensive instruction for both undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Undergraduate Students…  

  • Have access a full range of courses for students pursuing a degree in Biology or Medical Technology, as well as those non-biology majors interested in biological sciences  
  • Can concentrate their biology degree in Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, or Human Biology 
  • Are encouraged to gain research experience through independent study with a faculty member  
  • Will develop strong communication skills with writing- and speaking- intensive lecture and laboratory classes  
  • Go on to find employment in a wide range of fields and are well prepared for further study in graduate school or health related professions such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine 

Find out more about our Undergraduate Biology Programs

Graduate Students…  

  • Can enroll in either a MS degree in Biology or a PhD degree in Environmental Health Science  
  • Will be involved in highly active research programs in environmental and behavioral ecology, evolution, population biology, and cell and developmental biology  
  • Can work with one or more research advisors from among 20+ full-time faculty  
  • Will work with faculty who are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and a variety of private funding agencies  
  • Have access to a wide range of facilities within the department and university including state-of-the-art molecular research equipment and a full complement of field sampling equipment, as well as greenhouses and beekeeping facilities, and a range of microscopy equipment  

Find out more about our Graduate Biology Programs

Visitors and prospective students are welcome to stop by the Biology Department Office (312 Eberhart Building) or call (336-334-5391) to arrange a tour of our teaching and research facilities at any time.

Biotechnology Partnerships

Biologists at UNCG readily share their expertise in biotechnology with the region’s biomedical and educational professionals. The Department invites inquiries from business and industry, health care facilities, and schools for assistance and training in this rapidly developing field. Faculty can adapt presentations to meet needs and solve problems in concept, technique, and equipment in both the laboratory and classroom. Formats include, but are not confined to, consultations, lectures, short courses, and workshops. All workshops include hands-on laboratory work for which a fee is charged.

Financial Aid

UNCG administers an extensive financial aid program that includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work. Eligibility for programs based on need is determined by analysis of family financial information. The University’s Financial Aid Office administers all programs. For graduate students, the Department of Biology offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. Support is in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Additional information may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department, Dr. Jim Coleman. The deadline for applying for graduate assistantships is April 30.


Admission of undergraduates to UNCG is based on an evaluation of an applicant’s secondary school or college record, overall grade point average, and SAT or ACT scores. To begin the application process, prospective undergraduates should contact the Admissions Office, Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center, 1400 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27412 or call (336) 334-5243. Prospective graduate students in biology must have completed an undergraduate degree in biology or a related field with a good academic record. To be considered for admission, students must submit an application, undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a one-page statement of interests, and the application fee specified by the Graduate School. Prospective students may visit the Graduate School website for more information or to apply online. The Graduate School mailing address is 241 Mossman Building, 1202 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27412; phone (336) 334-5596.