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MS Biology Graduate Student Tyler Harman at the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon conducting research on cold-water corals and posing in front of custom recirculating aquarium system.

Biology, M.S.

Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and the environments they inhabit. Graduates are successfully employed as natural resource managers, environmental consultants, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and ecologists at local, state, and federal levels. Many of our students obtain doctorate degrees.


10%
Michigan Job Growth

Biology opportunities are expected to grow 10% in Michigan by 2025.

5%
National Job Growth

Biology opportunities are expected to grow 5% in the U.S. by 2025.

Faculty-Mentored Research

25% of Grand Valley students conduct research with faculty members.


Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

This versatile program allows students to achieve individual goals while serving diverse interests. Students have the opportunity to pursue graduate programs in broad areas such as population genetics, organismal biology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and natural resource management. Optional emphases are offered in natural resources and aquatic sciences.

Internships offer hands-on learning while project and thesis opportunities strengthen critical thinking and presentation skills.

Why Study Biology at Grand Valley?


Program Details