About the Department

The Department of Biological Sciences was formed on July 1, 2013, with many of the people and programs from the former Departments of Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, and Toxicology.

One of the primary goals of creating this department and the new College of Sciences was to provide enhanced interdisciplinary educational opportunities and improved research collaborations – both within the biological sciences and where our work intersects with that of our colleagues in the mathematical, physical and earth-system sciences. By working together across disciplines, we can address some of the most pressing scientific issues facing our society.

Facts at a Glance


  • 2,300 students
  • 4 bachelor’s, 9 master’s, 5 doctoral degree programs
  • More students than any other academic department at NC State

Faculty and Staff

  • 165 faculty, staff and postdoctoral researchers
  • 3 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1 National Academy of Sciences member
  • 1 winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 1 Fellow of the Royal Society


  • $9 million in total research expenditures
  • 100 graduate students
  • 3rd nationally among land-grant universities in the National Research Council’s ranking of research doctorate programs in genetics


  • 9,000 alumni
  • 7,000 alumni living in North Carolina