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 study under an inquiry-based curriculum and 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.
Benefits of Being a Bio Major
- Self-Design of STEM Courses and Liberal Arts Education
For the B.S. in biology degree, majors choose the 12 hours of courses that are taken in other STEM departments outside of Biology to complete the B.S. degree requirement. The strong liberal arts education provided at Queens provides a strong foundation in other non-STEM course content to best prepare a student for the dynamic workforce after graduation.
- Robust Student-Faculty Collaboration
Small class sizes combined with strong faculty interactions create a collaborative and supportive learning environment to guide students in reaching their career goals. Our award-winning faculty are committed to providing a strong learning community for our students which emphasizes critical thinking and application of biological principles. The curriculum includes peer mentors in introductory classes and faculty-student research projects.
- Research Opportunities
Students have research opportunities throughout their curriculum at Queens. All biology majors engage in a national research project SEA-PHAGES starting in their first introductory biology course as they search for new bacteriophage species in local soil samples. Faculty collaborate with students on organismal and cellular based research projects both within and outside of formal courses in the curriculum. Research projects include raptor tissue analysis, cancer cell culture, field tree surveys, bacteriophage interactions, and terrestrial and aquatic ecotoxicology.
- Classes in Rogers Hall
Dynamic classrooms and laboratories provide spaces for discussion and research in various settings for learning a broad range of biological principles. This platinum LEED-certified science building emphasizes the environmental principles that are taught within its walls.
Students intern in a variety of settings which prepare them for a career in research, teaching or clinical professions.
- Asheboro Zoo
- Carolina Raptor Center
- Carolinas Medical Center
- Cannon Research Center
- Discovery Place Science Museum
- Mecklenburg Environmental Protection Agency
- Presbyterian Hospital
- National summer undergraduate research programs
- International internships including research and clinical programs in Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Sri Lanka and Spain
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
Upon graduation, you will be prepared for graduate studies, research careers, teaching biology at the secondary level (9-12), and pre-professional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and occupational and physical therapy. Paths for recent graduates include doctoral programs in cell biology, microbiology, ecology and animal behavior; MD and DO medical schools; physician assistant programs; veterinary medicine; pharmacy; marketing coordinator for industry; lab technician.
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."