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.

Advanced Degrees Offered

Master of Science

Students in the M.S. program participate in courses, seminars and research planned in conjunction with the student’s advisor and advisory committee.

Master of Biology

This non-thesis option consists primarily of coursework and helps prepare students for positions in science education or professional programs.

Doctorate

Students in the Ph.D. program participate in courses, seminars and research planned in conjunction with the student’s advisor and advisory committee.

Biology Concentrations

We offer a diverse program of concentrations, and core and elective courses.

Application Details

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Jan 15
  • Spring:  Nov 25

Visit the Graduate School website for more information on priority deadlines for US and International students.

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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.

Derek Aday

Professor and Department of Applied Ecology Head

919-513-7568

Betty Black

Professor

919-515-2309

RB

919-515-8105

919-513-1129

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Martha Burford Reiskind

Research Asst Professor

Jenny Campbell

Teaching Assoc Professor

919-513-7570

Jie Cao

Asst Professor

Greg Cope

Professor & Dept. Extension Leader

919-515-5296

Rob Dunn

Professor

919-513-7569

Miles Engell

Teaching Associate Professor

919-513-7998

Miriam Ferzli

Teaching Professor

919-513-8300

John Godwin

Professor

919-513-2936

Adam Hartstone-Rose

Associate Professor

919-515-1761

Becky Irwin

Assoc Professor

919-513-7553

MK

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

Department Head

919-515-1509

LM

Lisa McGraw

Asst Professor

919-513-4326

John Meitzen

Associate Professor

919-515-4496

Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver

Associate Professor

919-515-9051

Lisa Parks

Teaching Professor

919-515-3494

Heather Patisaul

Associate Dean for Research

919-515-7047

Antonio Planchart

Assistant Professor

919-513-2530

919-515-5100

Ben Reading

Assistant Professor

919-515-3830

Ann Ross

Professor, D-ABFA

919-515-3122

919-515-7838

Damian Shea

Professor

919-513-3065

Brad Taylor

Asst Professor

919-513-7037

Elsa Youngsteadt

Assistant Professor

919-515-1661

Lindsay Zanno

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

919-707-8289