VCU's Department of Biology is dedicated to providing undergraduate education grounded in real-world learning.

Using the many resources of a research-based university, the department ensures that students are thoroughly prepared for further academic study and employment. Find more in-depth details on our undergraduate offerings below.

B.S. in Biology

The biology program prepares you for graduate study in biology, teaching in secondary schools, and employment in laboratory or field programs in private industry or government agencies. Our curriculum also can get you ready for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, and into allied health programs.

Accelerated B.S. to M.S.

The accelerated B.S. to M.S. program allows you to earn both the B.S. in biology and M.S. in forensic science with a concentration in forensic biology in a minimum of five and a half years.

Minor in Biology

With a minimum of 20 credits in biology coursework, you can complete the minor.

Dream-to-Goal Summer Research Program

The DTG Program is designed for motivated community college students who are interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Real-World Learning

From research to internships to study abroad, the Department of Biology offers hands-on experiences so you get the experience you need to be future-ready.

Scholarships and Awards

Explore department-specific scholarships plus those offered to students in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and learn about how we recognize outstanding biology students.


Explore the courses you will take as an undergraduate student in the Department of Biology.