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GVSU Biology students studying ornithology on Lake Michigan. Photo taken pre-COVID.

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.

Michigan Job Growth

Biology opportunities are projected to grow 7% in Michigan by 2025.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Biology majors gain hands-on experience through internships and faculty-mentored research opportunities.

In West Michigan for Alumni Employed in this Field

GVSU's biology program ranks 1st in West Michigan for alumni employed in this field.

Source: EMSI, 2021

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 biomolecular processes, 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?

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