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GVSU Biology students studying ornithology on Lake Michigan.

Biology, B.A., B.S.

Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and their environments. The Biology Department creates an inclusive learning environment, engaging in critical inquiry, extending scientific knowledge and practices to foster energized citizens, and mentoring creative, competent professionals in biological and natural resource sciences.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.
Secondary education minor offered.

Program Overview

The biology program prepares students for leading positions in a wide range of careers that improve human welfare and environmental stewardship. Students can customize their program by specializing in areas that focus on genetics, ecology and evolutionary biology, general studies for preprofessional programs, or teacher certification.

An undergraduate minor and a master of science in biology are also available.

Why Study Biology at Grand Valley?

  • Students receive extensive hands-on, student-focused, and project-based learning from expert faculty members, supported by state-of-the-art lab and field facilities.
  • Opportunities for internships, international and domestic field study, and mentor-guided student research are available to complement coursework.
  • Students make valuable connections through networking opportunities with faculty, peers, alumni, professional organizations, and industry stakeholders.
  • A broad range of research opportunities provide undergraduate students the chance to engage in real-world projects.
  • Graduates enjoy successful careers in conservation, ecology, zoology, and teaching, as well as admission to graduate studies in veterinary studies and human medicine.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


A degree in biology includes coursework in:

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

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Biology Department
3300a Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-2470

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The Biology Department has excellent opportunities available outside 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.”