Undergraduate Programs

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Minor in Biology

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The University offers a wide range of biology and science education disciplines and degrees. Students in the Department of Biology can choose from several baccalaureate degree programs (below) and five graduate degree programs in Science Education. 

Faculty advisors are available to help choose programs appropriate to your interests and career aspirations.

Degree Check Sheets

The Biology Department offers the following programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology, in Biotechnology, and in Environmental Science (with indicated track or concentration). A check sheet, listing course requirements for each degree, below each program, is available as Word and PDF files.

  • Biology (either with no track or with a track in Botany, Zoology, Molecular Biology, or Environmental Biology)
  • Biology - Biomedical Emphasis
  • Biology - Pre-physical/Pre-occupational Therapy Concentration
  • Biotechnology (new interdisciplinary program - also listed with the Chemistry Department)
  • Environmental Science: Dr. Leon Jernigan, Director
    • Word (requires Microsoft Word)
  • Environmental Science -- Sustainable Agriculture Track: 
    Dr. Debby Hanmer, Faculty Coordinator

Science Education

The Biology Department also houses the Science Education Programs. The Biology Department offers programs, in cooperation with the Chemistry and Physics and Geology and Geography Departments, leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Science Education.  Click here to view the web page for Undergraduate Science Education.


Need more information?  Contact the Undergraduate Science Education Coordinator, Dr. Mary Ash at

Academic Concentration in Biology

For students seeking a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, or Physical Education, the Biology Department offers an Academic Concentration of 26 hours. This Academic Concentration is available to other students, regardless of major.

Required courses for an Academic Concentration in Biology:

  • BIOL 1000, BIO 1000, 1010, 1020, 1030, BIO 3710 (or an approved upper-level biology course with a laboratory), ENV 1100, CHM 1300, 1100

A student must have a minimum cumulative QPA of 2.0 in academic and professional concentration courses to receive credit for the concentration. Teacher Education majors subject to The University of North Carolina requirement for completion of a concentration in a basic academic discipline may select one of these academic or professional concentrations to fulfill that requirement or may choose to earn a second major of 30 hours in Philosophy and Religion. Any student may elect to complete an academic or professional concentration in addition to a major. Students considering academic or professional concentrations should consult the appropriate academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education sections.

Minor in Sustainable Agriculture

The Department of Biology offers a Minor in Sustainable Agriculture that requires a total of 20-22 hours of course credit.

Core courses for a Minor in Sustainable Agriculture (14 credit hours):

  • BIO 1000,  ENV 2450,  ENV 3250,  ENV 4200

Elective courses for a Minor in Sustainable Agriculture.  Select 2 courses (6-8 credit hours):

  • BIO 1010 (Not BIO majors),  BIO 3010,  BIO 3040 or ENV 1100 (Not BIO majors),  BIO 3050,  BIO 3420,  ENV 4100,  GLY 2620 (prereq GLY 1000 or 1150)

Minor in Biology

The Department of Biology offers a Minor in Biology that requires a total of 18-20 hours of course credit.

Core courses for a Minor in Biology:

  • BIOL 1000, BIO 1000,  BIO 1010, BIO 1020, and ANY BIO or ENV courses above the 1000 level to bring the total to 18-20 total hours

A recognized minor ordinarily consists of 18 to 21 semester hours of courses. With the approval of the department granting the minor, up to six hours of the courses counted toward a minor may be used to satisfy General Education, major requirements, or requirements of an additional minor. The award of a minor requires a minimum cumulative QPA of 2.0 in the minor and the formal approval of the department concerned. Successful completion of a minor will be noted on the student's official transcript. Student participation in minor programs will be optional.

Degree Requirements from UNC Pembroke Catalog

Requirements for graduating with a baccalaureate degree can be found by clicking here.  For additional information, click the following links from the UNC Pembroke Catalog:

  • General Education Requirements (scroll down to find the outline of requirements)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Science Education (scroll down to find Science Education)


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