BA degree Transfer Guide/BDP

  • The BA degree requires a foreign language

  • The BA is an appropriate degree for students preparing for graduate school.  It is a broad degree program in Biology and requires a minor.  The major/minor combination allows students to pursue interests in more than one area.

BS degree, 3 concentrations:

  • Cellular/Molecular 

    • Transfer Guide/BDP

    • Cellular/molecular biology focuses on the cellular and molecular level, the workings of molecules toward the biology of cells and the working of cells that make up an organism. It is best applied to genetic, cell and physiological-based research, pharmaceutical research or bio-technology research. This degree is also designed to prepare students for successful admission into professional schools or to continue their studies in graduate and health-care programs. Many students choose this concentration as a pre-medical, pre-veterinary or pre-dental school curriculum.

  • Ecology, Evolution & Environmental

    • Transfer Guide/BDP

    • In Appalachian’s Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology degree (affectionately called “Triple E”), students examine the characteristics of ecosystems, their evolution and the greater environment. The university’s location puts students in an area with great biodiversity, where they can see and study many phenomena they learn about in class or in Appalachian’s research facilities. Students work closely with Appalachian’s outstanding Environmental Science program to take advantage of all that Appalachian has to offer. Students who choose to study Triple E are interested in outdoor science and prepare for careers or graduate studies.

  • Secondary Education 

    • Transfer Guide/BDP

    • Students in Appalachian State University’s Biology (BS) - Secondary Education degree program are motivated by their desire to make a difference and often graduate with 3 to 5 job offers each. Graduates of this degree meet the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requirements to teach biology full-time in grades 9-12 and will be eligible for a North Carolina Secondary General Science teaching license.  Students complete a methods course where they learn how to apply their learning experience to their classrooms once they begin student teaching.

**Beginning Fall 2021, an Integrative Biology concentration will be available.  Transfer guide/BDP to come.

ASU has about 900 Biology majors: 

  • 70% of them are Cell/Molecular track and most of them self report themselves to be Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet. Around ~630 students whose goal is to go to those professional programs - maybe 8-10 get in annually directly out of undergrad. 

  • Of the ~250 students who graduate with a biology degree, approximately 5.7% are successful gaining entry into a health professional school without additional graduate school.