Biology Department

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 offer a minor in biology, courses and programs applicable to all pre-health professions curricula, and basic coursework applicable to the general education component of all degree programs. Secondary education students who wish to be certified to teach high school biology can complete their biology courses through our department.  The department also has a prominent role  at the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, where our marine biology majors take several courses.

The department has a scanning electron microscope as well as research laboratories for our faculty members to use for conducting research with interested undergraduate students.  If you are interested in conducting research with a faculty member, just ask him or her.

We have 15 full-time faculty members in our department who teach all upper-level undergraduate courses and several adjunct faculty 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.

We have two honor societies in the department:  Beta Beta Beta, the biological honor society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health professions honor society.

One of our faculty members serves as the main Pre-Health Professions Advisor for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine.  Visit that webpage for more information.

For more specific information about the programs offered by our department, please contact us via email at