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.
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.
This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale
- Face To Face
A degree in biology includes coursework in:
- Animal and plant biology
- Cell and molecular biology
- Lab and field experience
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-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.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
“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.”