Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, BA

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Program Coordinator: Grace Chen (2515 Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building; 252-328-9769; chenf21@ecu.edu)

The core curriculum in biology is intended to give majors a background in biodiversity, cell biology, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, and physiology.

The degree requires a minimum of 120 s.h. as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit view the General Education Program  section.)

2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

(For information about the foreign language requirement view Special Requirements for the BA Degree in the Academic Advisement, Progression and Support Services  section and Placement Testing, Foreign Language in the Admission and Readmission  section.)


CHEM 1150, CHEM 1151, CHEM 1160, CHEM 1161 are required, but CHEM 1120 and 1130 will be considered for students transferring into the program.

5. Biology laboratory requirements - 2 to 10 s.h.

Choose at least two of the following groups:


  • BIOL 1050, 1051, 1060, 1061, 1150, 1151, 2110, and 2111 may not count toward the Biology major.
  • BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, and 1201 are core courses for Biology BA and may not count towards the laboratory requirements.
  • A student may only use one group of the 2000-level human physiology and anatomy coursework (e.g., BIOL 2130 and BIOL 2131 as a group) to fulfill the laboratory requirement.

6. Minor or second major or 18 s.h. of approved structured electives

Students can choose 

  • to complete a minor other than the Biology minor or the Science minor, or
  • to complete a second major other than the Biology, BS or
  • an area of specialization with at least 18 s.h. structured electives with the help of a biology faculty advisor. The structured electives must be approved by the departmental administration. Areas of specializations include, but are not limited to, bioinformatics, biotechnology, pharmacology, conservation, education/communication, and marine biology.

7. Electives to complete requirements for graduation

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