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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. Photo take pre-COVID.

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.

Individualized Program of Study

Individualized, planned programs of study established by the students and their advisors ensure a unique learning experience designed to meet individual goals.

Faculty-Mentored Research

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

National Job Growth

Career opportunities in the biology field are expected to grow 5% in the U.S. by 2026.

Source: EMSI, 2022

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?

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