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Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and the environments they inhabit. The Biology department offers undergraduate degrees in Biology or Natural Resources Management and a graduate degree in Biology.

Students interested in ecology and environmental sustainability will find many opportunities to pursue their interests in the Biology Department's undergraduate programs, which include Biology emphases in Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Wildlife Biology, and Aquatic Sciences, in addition to the degree in Natural Resources Management. The Biology MS degree program also offers emphases in both Aquatic Sciences and Natural Resources.  Undergraduate students also may elect Biology emphases in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Professional preparationSecondary Education Teacher Certification, or Genetics and Cell and Molecular Biology.

Faculty in the Biology Department are involved in a broad range of research providing many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in a variety of projects. These areas of research include animal behavior, aquatic biology, bioethics, climate, conservation biology, developmental biology, ecology, environmental sustainability, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, natural resources management, natural resources policy, plant biology, restoration ecology, and science education.

The Biology Department strives to set a standard of excellence in biology and natural resources education within a liberal arts context. Click here to view the full strategic plan.

BIO BA/BS Program

NRM BS Program

BIO MS Program

Biology B.A./B.S. Program

The B.A./B.S. in Biology allows students to individualize their degree according to their interests.

Natural Resources Management B.S. Program

The B.S. in NRM allows students to develop professional strengths in a variety of natural resources areas.

Biology M.S. Program

The M.S. in Biology is a versatile program that allows students to achieve individual goals in broad areas.

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Current weather for Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland campuses along with web cam views.


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