• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
  • Minor

Biology is an exciting and dynamic field that trains people for a wide range of careers that improve human welfare and environmental stewardship.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The biology program prepares students for leading positions in a wide range of careers. Students may individualize their degree program by specializing in the following emphases:

  • Animal biology
  • Aquatic sciences
  • Genetics and cell/ molecular biology
  • Plant biology
  • Preveterinary, premedical, or predental studies
  • Teacher certification
  • Wildlife biology


A degree in biology includes coursework in:

  • Animal and plant biology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Lab and field experience
  • Physics

Career Options

The following are just a few career options for biologists:

  • Biology educator
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Evolutionary biologist
  • Forensics
  • Health professional
  • Molecular biologist
  • Veterinarian

A Master of Science in biology is also available. For details, visit

Why Study Biology at Grand Valley?

By enrolling into a biology program at Grand Valley you can expect the following:

  • Personal attention by faculty committed to teaching in all of your courses in our student-centered program.
  • Extensive hands-on and project-based learning supported by our student-focused, state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory and field facilities.
  • Interaction with faculty possessing a wide range of expertise.
  • Opportunities for internships, international and domestic field study, and mentor-guided student research.
  • Graduates from the biology program have been highly successful in obtaining employment as well as admission to prestigious graduate programs.
  • Regular networking opportunities with faculty, peers, alumni, professional organizations, and industry stakeholders.

Admissions Office

The Biology Department has excellent opportunities available outside of the classroom with faculty members in a wide range of specialties, which can provide very valuable knowledge and experience not normally obtained prior to graduate-level studies.


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