About Us


The Department of Biology and Marine Biology is a major contributor to the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that convey a rigorous and up-to-date understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of the biological sciences and provide our students with knowledge of basic investigative skills and methods of biological inquiry. In our research function, we contribute new insights to fundamental biological processes, from general biological principles, to coastal and marine environments, to biomedical sciences. Where possible, we focus on biological phenomena that impact on the quality of life in our region and the nation. In our public service roles we lend our professional expertise to individuals and organizations working for the improvement of the human condition, especially those agencies committed to the environment.

In a liberal arts education Biology is of fundamental importance.  It provides the student with an understanding of living systems from the level of the ecosystem down to the molecule. For both majors and non-majors the study of biology encourages exploration of personal as well as professional interests. We recognize that our biology classes are particularly important for our non-majors; in their classes we emphasize the biological understanding needed to function successfully as consumers, citizens, and parents in the 21st century.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in marine biology, both of which prepare students for advanced study, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biology, a more flexible program which can be designed to meet personal educational goals. Students may also choose professional programs in Teacher Certification for Secondary Science (Biological Sciences) or Pre-professional programs in the Health Sciences.

Graduate degrees offered by the Department of Biology and Marine Biology include the Master of Science (M.S.) in biology, the Master of Science (M.S.) in marine biology, and the Ph.D. in marine biology.


Undergraduate courses are taught mostly in the Dobo and Friday Halls. These facilities include state-of-the-art lecture halls, teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and a computer lab.  Many faculty members have their offices and research laboratories in these buildings as well.  

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology also has extensive facilities in the Center for Marine Science located a short distance from the campus. Facilities at the Center for Marine Science include a classroom, a large teaching laboratory, aquarium and collection rooms, and smaller laboratories for student research.  In addition, some Biology and Marine Biology faculty members have their offices and laboratory space at CMS. 

dolphinThe department maintains a modern 2250-square-foot greenhouse, a vertebrate range, and a herbarium. The greenhouse provides facilities for faculty and student research projects and for laboratory exercises. The vertebrate range allows preparation and storage of vertebrate research and teaching collections. The herbarium is the repository for dried collections of algae, fungi, bryophytes and vascular plants. The function and activities of the herbarium include documentation of the vegetation of the regions in which the specimens are collected, serving as a source of teaching and research material and serving as a source of information to persons interested in the identification of plants.

Classroom and laboratory instruction is supplemented by field trips to adjacent oceanic, estuarine and terrestrial natural laboratories, including the Bluthenthal Wildflower Preserve and the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve. 

Contact Information

Send written requests for a brochure on our degree programs or a listing of our faculty research profiles to the address below.  For answers to advising questions, please visit our advising webpage. You may also contact Academic Advising Coordinator, Melanie Canfield, or Academic Advisor, Ryan Underwood.

For questions or requests concerning undergraduate degrees in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology please e-mail the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Chairman, Dr. Tim Ballard, at ballardt@uncw.edu.  

For questions or requests concerning graduate degrees in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology please e-mail the Graduate Administrative Associate, Tracie Chadwick, at chadwickt@uncw.edu

Also, please take a look at the Biology Graduate Student Association

Please send suggestions concerning the Biology and Marine Biology website to chadwickt@uncw.edu. Thank you!

Contact Information:

Department of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Dobo Hall 102
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5915


910.962.4066 (fax)

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