The undergraduate courses in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide a basic program for the training and development of prospective biologists, including students interested in careers in fundamental research, biotechnology, and teaching as well as those planning to enter such applied ﬁelds as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, laboratory technology, conservation, industry, and environmentally related ﬁelds. The general biology program provides as a part of the liberal arts program the opportunity for students to acquire a broad knowledge of biology and an appreciation of the biological sciences.
1. 120 Semester Hours:
Minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the major and cumulative. The last 30 semester hours must be completed at NCCU. Students must repeat ‘D’ and ‘F’ grades in major courses.
2. General Education Requirement:
Freshman and sophomore years: completion of the General Education Curriculum (GEC). Science and mathematics courses required for the major satisfy GEC science and mathematics requirements.
5. Additional Requirements
Four- Year Curriculum Plan in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Bachelor’s in Biology (General)
For key to symbols used, please see ‘key’ below.
++ Biology Electives ( including WI courses) (7)
& General Electives (6)
*Arts & Humanities Electives (3)
Total Minimum Credit Hours: 120
Key to symbols used:
|Distribution of Hours:
|* Core Curriculum Courses - 30 (not including the science courses that are in the required course list)
|+ Core Biology Courses - 24
|++ Required electives in the major - 18
|= Required courses in Chemistry (12), Physics (4), and Mathematics (9) - 25
@ BIOL 4200 could be taken in lieu of MATH 2400
# STEM elective (2000-level or above course in BIOL, CHEM, EEGS, PHYS, MATH) - 8
& General Electives - 15
< Students must complete the curriculum with a minimum GPA = 2.0 in Major and 2.0 Overall
< Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all BIOLOGY required courses and elective courses in the BIOLOGY major.
< Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in CHEM 3100 &CHEM 3330 , MATH 2400 or BIOL 4200 and PHYS 2110
< Students must complete Writing Intensive (WI) and a Speaking Intensive (SI) courses
$ BIOL 1201 Principles of Biology: Organisms and Diversity replaced BIOL 1201 - General Biology II
% BIOL 1202 Principles of Biology: Molecules and Cells replaced BIOL 1101 - General Biology I
Minor In Biology
The minor in biology consists of 21 semester hours in biology, including the following required courses:
BIOL 1201 , BIOL 1202 , BIOL 2200 , BIOL 3100 , and BIOL 3200 .
Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree:
The Biology Department offers a “2nd degree in Biology” program of study to those students possessing a prior baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned in the second degree program. Since cases may be different, prospective candidates for the second degree should contact the departmental chairperson at (919) 530-6034 for information about the program requirements.