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Department of Biology - 336.334.5391
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry - 336.334.5714
Department of Psychology - 336.334.5014

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Department of Biology

For More Information: Department of Biology: 336.334.5391

B.S., Biology Major, with Concentration in Biotechnology
The Biotechnology concentration in the Biology major allows UNCG students to learn about biotechnology while gaining research experience with faculty mentors. The concentration includes a set of required courses, places strong emphasis on developing laboratory skills, and establishes a "hands on" connection between basic principles and laboratory procedures. The connection between the classroom and the research laboratory creates an ideal environment for innovative projects and the attainment of biotechnology expertise.

B.S., Biology Major, with Concentration in Human Biology
The Human Biology concentration in the Biology major challenges and rewards UNCG students who seek to add depth to their knowledge of human beings. Our versatile behaviors, our complex social organization, and our precise communication and conceptual abilities are uniquely shaped by our highly complex brains. Accordingly, this concentration develops a deeper comprehension of human biology and the health sciences by including courses in anthropology, psychology, and other science and humanities disciplines.

Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences
The Biology Department offers a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. This degree prepares students for senior level positions in professions related to environmental health science in its broadest sense. The program trains students to become leaders in biological research relevant to environmental issues that directly and/or indirectly affect human health, and the program trains students to convey information effectively to the public. Students acquire an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental health issues from ecosystem to molecular levels. Students learn relevant research skills and conduct research under the guidance of one or more faculty members.

Preprofessional Programs - Dentistry, Medicine, & Veterinary Medicine
The pre-professional programs in dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine constitute a core of courses that must be completed before admission to professional schools. They can be successfully incorporated into almost any major. Basic requirements for medical and dental schools include general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Dental schools often require anatomy, and veterinary medical schools typically have more detailed requirements that may include microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, statistics, and animal nutrition. A post-baccalaureate program is available to individuals seeking to change careers or enhance academic records. UNCG's Health Careers Advisory Committee helps students plan their courses of study to meet requirements for medical, osteopathic medical, chiropractic, dental, veterinary medical schools, and many other health careers.

Pre-professional Programs - Physical Therapy (PT)
Pre-professional Programs - Occupational Therapy (OT))
Pre-professional Programs - Optometry, and Physician Assistant (PA)
There are currently six physical therapy (PT), two occupational therapy (OT), and six physician assistant (PA) programs in North Carolina. Students seeking entry into these programs may major in any academic area at UNCG, but will be expected to complete a core of science courses. Core courses include, but may not be limited to, general biology, general chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, statistics, and social science courses. Students should check the specific requirements of particular schools. Most students interested in PT, PA, or OT major in Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences or Kinesiology in the School of Health and Human Sciences. Both PT and PA programs require students to have considerable "hands-on" experience in these professions prior to application. In addition to the majors noted above, students interested in PT, PA, and OT may also major in Public Health Education or Community and Therapeutic Recreation. There are no Optometry Schools in North Carolina.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

For More Information: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: 336.334.5714

B.S. Biochemistry/B.S. in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Concentration
The Biochemistry major (B.S. in Biochemistry) and the Biochemistry concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) are two alternative programs for students who wish to specialize in biochemistry - the chemistry of living systems. Students in both programs take a variety of courses in chemistry, biology and biochemistry, but the programs differ in their degree of chemical/biological emphasis. A major feature of both programs is the opportunity to participate in biochemical research with faculty from a variety of UNCG departments. The programs are designed to prepare students for graduate/professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, or biochemistry as well as for employment in the chemical, biochemical or pharmaceutical industries. Pharmacy pre-requisite course work (pre-pharmacy) may be taken at UNCG before a student applies to one of about 70 pharmacy schools in the United States to pursue a Pharm.D. degree. There are three pharmacy schools in North Carolina: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campbell University, and Wingate University. The curriculum for the Pharm.D. degree requires a minimum of four years of residence and study at one of these pharmacy schools.

Pre-professional Pharmacy Program
The pre-pharmacy curriculum at UNCG prepares students for admission to accredited Schools of Pharmacy in North Carolina (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campbell University, and Wingate University) or other states. Courses in the basic sciences and related subjects are included in this curriculum. Students are strongly advised to complete a degree program at UNCG (e.g. B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or even non-science disciplines). However, well qualified students may complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum in two years and apply to transfer to a School of Pharmacy. An additional 3-4 years is required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree after admission into a School of Pharmacy.

Department of Psychology

For More Information: Department of Psychology: 336.334.5013

The Psychology Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to prepare students for a variety of work experiences in health related careers. At the undergraduate level, students may select from an array of courses that introduce them to forensic, developmental and mental health fields. A supervised field experience course affords interested seniors the opportunity to complete a one-semester internship at various public or private community agencies and health and human services organizations. The graduate program in Psychology has four areas of focus (Clinical, Developmental, Cognitive and Social), which address two important themes in Psychology: Risk and Resilience and Consciousness, Self-regulation and Control. The Clinical Program is a scientist practitioner program that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. As such, students are well-trained in research and clinical practice and are prepared to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health clinics, adult and juvenile justice settings, and other human services agencies.


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