Biology

The underlying mechanisms that control life on earth are only now being revealed. Clearly, great discoveries await and the next generation of life scientists need training in a diverse set of disciplines to tackle these pending discoveries. Students require interdisciplinary training in both fundamental and applied approaches to problem-solving so that they may understand how life functions, behaves, interacts and evolves.

The guiding principle of the Biology graduate program is that by integrating training across multiple disciplines, we can gain deeper insights into challenging problems such as how life functions and adapts to changing physical and social environments and how diseases develop. Our goal is to prepare our graduate students to be world-class scientists and leaders, unafraid of tackling the most significant scientific challenges of our era.

Degree Programs

The university offers graduate programs leading to Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Biology, as well as a non-thesis Master of Biology degree. For the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, graduate work consists of a program of courses, seminars, and research planned in conjunction with the student’s adviser and advisory committee. The non-thesis Master of Biology program consists primarily of coursework and helps prepare students for positions in science education or professional programs (for example, human or veterinary medicine).

Admission Requirements

Applications to the biology degree programs go through the Graduate School at NC State.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Services Coordinator, Freha Legoas (919.515.5712). Prospective and current students should consult the Biology Program Handbook to learn more about the program requirements.

Mentor Selection

All interested applicants should identify a potential faculty adviser prior to submitting an application. To learn more about the faculty advisers who mentor biology graduate students, please see the list of faculty members on this page.

Prospective students are encouraged to explore faculty websites and contact faculty members with whom they share similar research interests.

Department of Applied Ecology Participating Faculty

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Biological Sciences Participating Faculty

Robert Anholt

William Neal Reynolds Professor

919-515-1173

Betty Black

Professor

919-515-2309

RB

919-515-8105

919-513-1129

Jenny Campbell

Teaching Assoc Professor

919-513-7570

Miles Engell

Teaching Associate Professor

919-513-7998

Miriam Ferzli

Teaching Associate Professor

919-513-8300

John Godwin

Professor

919-513-2936

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Marta Klesath

Teaching Assistant Professor

919-513-3062

Jennifer Landin

Teaching Associate Professor

919-513-0241

Brian Langerhans

Associate Professor

919-515-3514

Jane Lubischer

Assistant Department Head

919-515-2587

Kurt Marsden

Asst Professor

919-515-2589

Carolyn Mattingly

Associate Professor

919-515-1509

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Lisa McGraw

Asst Professor

919-513-4326

John Meitzen

Assistant Professor

919-515-4496

Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver

Associate Professor

919-515-9051

Lisa Parks

Teaching Associate Professor

919-515-3494

919-513-7567

Antonio Planchart

Assistant Professor

919-513-2530

Ann Ross

Professor, D-ABFA

919-515-3122

919-515-7838

Damian Shea

Professor

919-513-3065

Lindsay Zanno

Assistant Research Professor & Head of Paleontology, NC Museum of Nat Sci

919-707-8289