The Biology Major is designed to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the life sciences. The Biology faculty believe it is vital for students at the undergraduate level to become familiar with the major principles and unifying concepts of biology. Thus, the curriculum introduces students to the fundamental areas of biology, through a common core of foundational biology courses, and provides flexibility by allowing students to select from a diverse array of elective courses.
In consultation with a faculty advisor, students select from one of several emphasis tracks, which can each be customized to suit the specific interests and career goals of the student. These include:
These emphases provide a solid foundation for diverse careers, as well as admission to graduate school, medical school, or other professional school programs.
Graduates of the GVSU Biology Program pursue careers in a variety of disciplines related to ecology, botany, zoology, genetics, microbiology, and biotechnology. Graduates work with local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and in private industry. Graduates with Biology degrees also may find work with zoos, animal rehabilitation centers, in pharmaceutical research and production laboratories, or as forensic scientists. Many graduates go on to medical, dental, or veterinary school and to graduate programs where they pursue advanced studies and research in a wide variety of life science fields.