Welcome Message | Department of Biology

Welcome Message

Welcome to the UNCG Biology Department!

Biology is the study of life and in the Department we are deeply engaged in this study at multiple levels. We teach over 1000 undergraduate majors and have roughly 40 graduate students in our graduate programs. We are also involved, in several ways, with community engagement and science outreach that involves K-12 students and members of the public. Our faculty work closely with undergraduate students and graduate students as part of a rigorous and engaged process that includes team work in both the field and the laboratory.
Our undergraduate curriculum includes courses that introduce majors, and non-majors, to Biology and its foundational principles. We have core courses that cover cell biology, genetics, ecology and evolution. Our upper-level and graduate-level courses are specialized within the discipline of Biology and range from virology, cell cycle and cancer, neurobiology, and microbiology, to landscape ecology, sea turtle biology, animal behavior, and the biosphere. We have undergraduate degree programs that include both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Within our Bachelor of Science in Biology major there are options for popular concentrations in Human Biology, Environmental Biology, and Biotechnology.
Our research program is large and diverse. Our faculty are funded by multiple federal agencies such as the NSF, NIH, and USDA. We also have funding from NGOs and state agencies. Our research labs define our graduate programs that include both a Master of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Health Science. Our faculty are involved in research that ranges from understanding of cell motility, cancer, obesity, flu, to ecological understanding of urbanization, disease ecology, and the fate of nutrients in streams. A focus on Environmental Health Science is reflected in many of our research labs that, for example, investigate effects of environmental chemicals and anthropogenic stressors on animal development, inflammation, nutrient cycling, and disease ecology.

Our undergraduate students are employed locally, and nationally, as biologists and many have gone on to professional careers in health and health sciences. Graduates from our graduate programs are employed in the private and public sector as biologists and many have gone on to research careers in Biology.
We are very proud of our alumni and try to keep in touch with all of them. If you are an alum and want to reconnect, please send me an email at bio@uncg.edu because I would love to hear from you. You can always catch up with us by reading our newsletter and linking to our social media accounts from the homepage of our website. Please explore our website to learn more about our Department and what we offer. We hope that you find everything you are looking for on these pages and invite you to contact us if you have any questions.


Malcolm Schug
Head of the Department of Biology
(336) 334-5391