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


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

Program Overview

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:

  • General biology (pre-professional)
  • Ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Biomolecular processes
  • Preveterinary
  • Teacher certification

A minor in biology is also available.


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:

  • Teacher, university professor
  • Environmental/sustainability consultant
  • Zoologist or wildlife biologist
  • Physician, dentist, PA, genetic counselor
  • Ecologist or field biologist
  • Fisheries or aquatic biologist
  • Laboratory or research technician
  • Conservation biologist

A master of science in biology is also available. For details, visit

Why Study Biology at Grand Valley?

  • 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.

For More Information

Biology Department


“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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