Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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Greetings from the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health and Sciences at NCCU. We are located in the Mary Townes Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility where we train students as scholars, scientists and innovative thinkers of the 21st century and beyond.

The undergraduate curriculum focuses on the biomedical sciences and provides an innovative program for the training and development of prospective biologists, who can progress to careers in research or teaching as well as further studies in applied fields such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, laboratory science and technology, industry and environmental sciences.

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Students in the Department


Degree Programs


Faculty and Staff

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Education and Training

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences a North Carolina Central University offers two undergraduate degree programs: the B.S. in Biology and the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. It also offers a B.S. in Computational Science Secondary Education with a Concentration in Biology degree.  The department offers a minor in biomedical sciences. At the graduate level, the department offers the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences with thesis and non-thesis options, and it is also an integral and participating department in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program.

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Our Students and Faculty

The Department has approximately 350 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. The department’s faculty consists of 18 tenured/tenured track faculty members and 6 fixed-term faculty.  The department’s faculty is committed to providing intensive instruction and training in the life sciences by offering relevant courses and research experiences to prepare students for entry into a variety of careers in academia, secondary education, government, industry and health-related professions. The department graduates approximately 50 majors each year.

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Research in the Department

The major research areas in the department include cancer biology, genetics, neurobiology, developmental biology, molecular toxicology, microbiology and infectious diseases, virology, immunology, cardiovascular diseases, evolutionary biology and science education.

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Grad Student

The Biomedical Sciences B.S. degree is designed to provide a basic program for the training and development of prospective biologists, including students interested in careers in fundamental research, biotechnology and teaching as well as those planning to enter such applied fields as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy and physician’s assistant programs.

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The General Biology B.S. provides, as a part of the liberal arts program, the opportunity for students to acquire a broad knowledge of biology and an appreciation of the biological sciences.

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The Comprehensive Science Licensure concentration in the Biology degree prepares students to teach comprehensive science consisting of biology, chemistry, physics and environmental sciences at the secondary education level.

Grad Students

The Biological and Biomedical Sciences M.S. program provides students with coursework that introduces them to the nature of creative and productive inquiry for careers in teaching, research and doctoral programs. Students conduct progressive research to assume leadership roles in local, state, national and globally diverse scientific communities.


Additional Information


Two student organizations exist in the department: the Biology Society and the Tri Beta Honors Society. Plus, NCCU offers over 100 student organizations that cater to a wide range of student interests.

Scholarships and Fellowships

BBSD offers the D. Carr Thompson, Dr. Shabeg Singh Sandhu, Dr. Vernon Clark, Myrtle Sampson, Otis W. Thompson, Paula R. Newsome and Ruvane Endowed Scholarships;  the American Heart Association HBCU Scholar Program; the John Stewart Memorial Scholarship; and the Glaxo Smith Kline Women in Science Scholarship.

Partnerships/Collaboration/Cross-Disciplinary Programming

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences maintains affiliations, partnerships, collaborations and cross-disciplinary programming with several institutions and academic units on campus, as well as across the state and the country.


Inshan, Linda

Administrative Support Specialist

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

location icon Mary M. Townes Science Building, Room

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Nwosu, Veronica C

Professor of Biology

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

location icon Mary M. Townes Science Building, Room 1209

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