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.
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).
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.
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
Biological Sciences Participating Faculty