Welcome to Biology

UNC Asheville is a great place to study biology. We are a small department with gifted faculty including specialists in the fields of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, herpetology, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, human anatomy and physiology, animal and plant physiology, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and genetics. You'll spend most of your time working closely with your professors in our state-of-the-art research labs housed in the Zeis Science & Multimedia Building, an 86,000 square-foot modern science facility.

We encourage learning and discovery by featuring investigative class, lab and/or field experiences within all courses offered. A unique aspect of our program is the opportunity for ecological field work in the many natural areas near Asheville. These include over one million acres of national parks and national forests that are within an hour drive of campus. You may also be able to take an on-site ecology course in the deserts, tropics, or coast.

Studying biology at our liberal arts university also gives you the chance to explore areas of interest outside of biology. From fine literature, drama, and music to technological applications, our students learn that knowledge from all fields relates in some way to the study of and improvement of life.

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To make a gift to the Biology Scholarship Fund, select Other as your gift designation on the online form and type Biology Scholarship Fund in the box that appears. 

To make a gift to the Biology Department General Fund, select Other as your gift designation on the online form, and type Biology Department in the box that appears. 

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*photograph: Vertebrate Field Zoology students enjoy a break after banding raptors and warblers atop Big Bald Mountain, Madison County, North Carolina. Fall 2017