• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key facts:

  • The Western Carolina University Biology Program prepares students to succeed at the next level of their career. The program is designed around five foundational courses: Principles of Biology I and II, Introduction to Genetics, Introduction to Ecology and Evolution, and Senior Research. Students may select from four concentrations: Pre-health Professional, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, General Biology, and Molecular Biology. 
  • In tandem with an inclusive curriculum, smaller class sizes foster strong relationships and strengthen students’ learning processes. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in faculty-directed independent research projects carrying academic credit, while all majors are encouraged to pursue cooperative education and internships. These popular programs provide job experience, income, and professional opportunities for post-graduation employment.
  • Students thrive under the tutelage of a faculty dedicated to teaching and research, and they benefit from on-campus research facilities such as an herbarium of more than 25,000 specimens. The main campus is located amidst an extraordinary outdoor laboratory that includes Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Students and faculty alike enjoy the unique research and learning opportunities that these incredible environments provide.
  • A biology degree from WCU prepares students for immediate employment or further graduate study. Jobs can be focused on biomedical, biotech, ecological and other areas of biology and science in general. Through the years, WCU graduates have gone on to become scientists, researchers, program directors and coordinators, and educators and practitioners. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022. Continued growth in the areas of biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for biological technicians.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered at B.S Biology include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology and Evolution 
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Introductory Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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