From tracking tiny molecules to examining entire ecosystems, as a biology major at Queens you will engage in the process of science by studying a wide range of biological topics in the classroom, the laboratory and the field. You will use these experiences to apply learning to real scientific questions and to understand the impact of science on society. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for graduate studies, research careers, teaching biology and pre-professional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, occupational and physical therapy.
General Education Requirements
Benefits of Being a Bio Major
- Classes in Rogers Hall
Rogers Hall features dynamic, interactive classroom and lab space, a vibrant state-of-the-art greenhouse and an exterior green wall in the shape of a double helix that showcases NC native plants. This building is Platinum LEED-certified, emphasizing the environmental principles that are taught within its walls.
- Caring, committed professors
We have award-winning professors and small class sizes, creating a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Biology professor Dr. Carrie DeJaco says, "One of my main goals as a professor is to try to show my students that there are many career options in the field of biology."
We have more than 60 clubs and organizations. For bio majors specifically, there's Tri-Beta (Biology Honors Society), the Pre-Health Student Association and the Animal Science Club.
Students have had opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Asheboro Zoo
- Carolina Raptor Center
- Carolinas Medical Center
- Canon Research Center
- Discovery Place Science Museum
- Mecklenburg Environmental Protection Agency
- Presbyterian Hospital
- Clinical Internships: medicine, allied health, dentistry, veterinary medicine
- Various summer undergraduate research programs
Biology major Reham Garash '14 pursued an international internship at a hospital in Sri Lanka, where she led in a project to help stop the spread of disease.
When You Graduate
Many of our graduates have entered master's or doctoral programs in areas such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, neurobiology, behavioral ecology, environmental science and horticulture. A number of students go on to clinical programs including medical school, dental school, physician assistant school, veterinary school and allied health programs. Other Queens biology students have found positions immediately after graduation as teachers, lab technicians, the Peace Corps and research assistants.
Biology major Meredith Keeley '14, came to Queens with the desire to become a veterinarian, then changed courses to pursue international animal research. Meredith says, "Dr. DeJaco and Dr. Thomas helped me learn about possibilities I didn't know existed."
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.