FAQ PAGE | Biology Ambassadors Program at UNC-Chapel Hill
Here you can find some helpful information for all your questions regarding things such as life at UNC-Chapel Hill, the biology majors and programs, and tips and tricks for utilizing all opportunities available for you to learn and enjoy your time here!
Q: Are there any biology-related clubs/organizations I can get involved with on campus?
A: Yes! Here’s a list to get you started:
→ Tau Iota chapter of Tri-Beta, national biology honor society
→ AED, pre-health honor society
→ Carolina Pre-Med Association
→ Carolina WISE
→ Pre-Veterinary Association
→ Pre-Dental Association (DDS)
→ Pre-Pharmacy Club
and many more!
Q: Does a biology major include all of the pre-med requirements?
A: The biology B.S. major specifically fulfills all of the pre-med track requirements. The difference between the B.A. and B.S. in biology are the chemistry requirements, since you will automatically qualify for a chemistry minor if you complete the B.S. degree. However, you do not have to be pre-med to be a biology major nor do you have to be a biology major to take pre-med classes. So move forth and explore the biological world!
Q: Does the biology department work with students by providing multiple resources?
A: Absolutely. The biology department offers a vast array of resources such as peer mentoring within each core class, supplemental instruction from peers, office hours, review sessions, and potential mentor/mentee programs. Refer to the UNC Department of Biology for more information.
Q: How can I get a tour of UNC, the Biology Department, or a research lab?
A: Come visit us! A request form for an official tour of UNC can be found here. For a tour of the UNC Department of Biology or a research lab, please visit our contact page. If you take specific interest in the research done by one of our ambassadors (visit the Meet Our Ambassadors page), feel free to contact them independently with any questions or inquiries you may have.
Q: How do I participate in Undergraduate Research?
A: There’s an entire website available that aims to connect undergrads with various research opportunities. The website can be found here and it brings you to the enormous database for all the different research projects you can apply to help out with. We also have additional information that represents what it’s like being involved in research, which can be found in our research week page!
Q: I want to get involved in undergraduate research, but I don’t know where to start. What resources are available to facilitate this process?
A: The Office for Undergraduate Research’s website has a “Getting Started” page. Here is a link to the Biology Faculty, where lots of professors who perform research are listed with their respective research interests/fields. You can click on their names to see their research descriptions and oftentimes there will be a link to their lab’s webpage. If you’re interested in a particular field of biology, refer to this page. You can also look at specific research areas on the BBSP website.
Q: Who should I talk with about future questions that I have pertaining to Biology?
A: Make an appointment with academic advising through the advising portal, go to drop in hours in Steele Building or Hardin Hub, contact a Biology Ambassador, or even speak with your professors!
Q: What’s there to do after graduation with a biology degree?
A: Many things! Here are some short but informative clips from Biology Alumni from UNC-Chapel Hill that are making their impact on the world with their knowledge and experience:
→ Brooke Sauer, High School Science Teacher and Department Chair
→ Holly Zoeller, GMP Associate Scientist
→ Jessica Diggs, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator