The Department of Biology at the University of North Alabama offers a biology major with professional, environmental, cellular and molecular, and general biology options, and a major in marine biology for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. We also have a minor in biology, courses, and programs applicable to all pre-health professions curricula, and basic coursework applicable to the general education components of all degree programs. Secondary education teachers who wish to have their subject field in biology can do so. The department also has a prominent role in the program at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, where our marine biology majors take several courses.

We have 15 full-time faculty members in our department who teach all upper-level undergraduate courses and several adjunct faculties who teach some of our freshman-level classes. All of our classes and laboratories are taught by faculty members. There are approximately 300 students majoring in biology. Each student is assigned an academic advisor to assist her/him in planning the undergraduate curriculum and in formulating career goals.

The general biology option is designed for students who wish to prepare for fields requiring a general background in biology or to follow pre-professional curricula for which general preparation in biology is required or recommended. The major requires additional coursework in chemistry and mathematics as well as coursework to complete a minor in any discipline. This option is particularly popular with students who have other interests besides the sciences for study. Some of our more popular minors include psychology, geography, earth systems sustainability, and business.

Degree Requirements

Organismal Biology (Protistans, Fungi, Plants)
Select one from the following: 3-4
BI 362 Non-Vascular Plants
BI 363 Vascular Plants
BI 429 Marine Botany
BI 460 Plant Physiology
BI 463 Plant Taxonomy
Organismal Biology (Protistans, Animals)
Select two from the following: 6-8
BI 310 Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
BI 311 Animal Physiology
BI 340 Invertebrate Zoology
BI 341 Natural History of the Vertebrates
BI 403 Marine Invertebrate Zoology
BI 408 Marine Vertebrate Zoology
BI 433 Embryology
BI 451 Ornithology
BI 452 Entomology
BI 471 Parasitology
BI 472 Histology
Population Biology
BI 312 Evolution 3
Select one from the following: 4
BI 411 Coastal Wetlands Ecology
BI 412 Marine Ecology
BI 413 Marine Behavioral Ecology
BI 421 Ecology
BI 423 Aquatic Ecology
Total Hours 16-19

Prescribed Supporting Courses

CIS 125 Business Applications of Microcomputer Software 1 3
Select one from the following: 3-4
MA 112 Pre-Calculus Algebra 2
MA 113 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry 2
MA 115 Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry 2
MA 125 Calculus I 2
Total Hours 3-7

1 Or higher level computer science and computer information system course.

2 These courses are required in the major or minor if not completed as part of the General Education Component.

Tuition & Fees

Alabama Resident Non-Resident
1-11 Hours $277.00/hour $554.00/hour
12-18 Hours $4,155.00 flat rate $8,310.00 flat rate

Addition fees apply. All expenses and fees are subject to change.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
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4 years
4,155 USD
In-state tuition for 12-18 Hours flat rate. $ 8,310.00 out-of-state tuition for 12-18 Hours flat rate. All expenses and fees are subject to change.
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