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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog


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II: Upper-level electives in the major—18-20 hours

Complete at least one course from each of the five areas listed below. A minimum of three 4-credit laboratory classes must be included. Classes that appear in more than one area may be used for only one category.

IV. Other departmental requirements

Major competency is satisfied in either BIOL 480 or 498.  A grade of C or higher in the course is required to graduate.

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor for suggestions of additional coursework that will help them achieve their educational and career goals. Students who intend to enter graduate school in health-related professions or cell and molecular biology are recommended to complete at least 16 total hours in chemistry, including CHEM 222, 231 and 232, PHYS 231, and additional coursework in statistics, biochemistry and biology. Those who wish to pursue graduate studies in organismal biology, ecology, conservation, and related fields may seek additional coursework in environmental studies, chemistry, physics or statistics, as pertinent to their interests and goals.

Liberal Arts Core (LAC)

For additional information about the Liberal Arts Core and the specific courses that fulfill the requirements, visit the Office of the Registrar website, https://registrar.unca.edu/liberal-arts-core.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Courses that satisfy some of the following LAC requirements can be found throughout the curriculum and may be used to fulfill multiple requirements.

Requirement Credits
First-Year Seminar 3-4
Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry 4
Humanities 12
Laboratory Science 4
Scientific Perspectives 3-4
Quantitative Perspectives 4
Social Science 3-4
Second Language (proficiency through the 2nd semester) 0-8
Arts and Ideas 3-4
Senior Capstone 4
Diversity Intensive (DI and DI-R) 6-8


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