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Welcome to Biology at ECU!

We are a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. Our faculty, students, and staff have received a wide range of honors and awards and some of their achievements are highlighted on this site. We encourage alumni to keep in touch and prospective students to visit. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jeff McKinnon, Chair

Biology News

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Two ECU-authored Bird Genetics Papers Feature in Science Magazine Article

Two recent articles, one co-authored by Dr. Chris Balakrishnan and one by Dr. Sue McRae, on avian supergenes have been featured in a Science Perspective article published in the January 29, 2016 edition.

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ECU releases short video on how the Connect NC Bond Act will support science at ECU

ECU has released a short video 'Intersections in the East: The Connect NC Bond Act' discussing the benefits of a new Life Sciences and Biotechnology building to eastern North Carolina and ECU.


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Replacing Howell Science? Connect NC Campaign Kicks Off

East Carolina University leaders traveled to Raleigh Tuesday to join Gov. Pat McCrory and others at a rally to build support for a $2 billion bond package. The referendum will be on the March 15 primary ballot. If it passes, ECU would receive $90 million to build a new life sciences and biotechnology building (see details here).

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THCAS Website Features Goodwillie Plant Field Course

Each summer session, faculty in the college offer students unique, experiential learning opportunities that help distinguish an ECU education, including a Vegetation Sampling course offered by Dr. Carol Goodwillie.

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Biology Faculty Member Carol Goodwillie to Give Commencement Address

Award winning biology professor, Dr. Carol Goodwillie, to speak at ECU fall commencement. 

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