Department of Biology and Natural Resources Management

Biology is an exciting and dynamic field focusing on the study of living things and their environments. The Department strives to set a standard of excellence in biology and natural resources education as a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Degree Options:

We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology or Natural Resources Management, and a graduate degree in Biology.

Students interested in ecology and environmental sustainability will find many opportunities to pursue their interests in our undergraduate programs, which include emphases in General Biology, Biomolecular Processes, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in addition to the degree in Natural Resources Management. Undergraduate students also may complete emphases in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Teacher Certification, or Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional preparation through our undergraduate program. The Biology MS degree program also offers optional emphases in either Aquatic Sciences or Natural Resources.

Department News and Events

Our offices are open, however, there may be times when we are working remotely.

Please email and we will respond to you as soon as possible during our normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Research Opportunities:

Faculty in the Biology Department are involved in a broad range of research providing many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in a variety of projects. These areas of research include animal behavior, aquatic biology, bioethics, botany, climate, conservation, development, ecology, environmental sustainability, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, natural resources management, natural resources policy, restoration ecology, and science education.

Laker Effect Profile - Professor Eric Snyder

Wildflower Hike at Aman Park

Aman Park

Dr. Todd Aschenbach led a group of BIO and NRM students on a wildflower hike at Aman Park where the trillium are just starting to wane and the bluebells are starting to peak. Get out there to see them soon if you can!

New Scientist publishes an article about Professor Alexey Nikitin’s research

Trypillian ritual site in Ukraine called Verteba Cave

Dr. Nikitin was also interviewed by an Irish news radio about his research on European prehistory. Click the picture to hear the podcast!

GVSU professor studies ways to support forest resilience at two LCWM nature preserves

Nyamai Research

Dr. Priscilla Nyamai conducted a long-term study to assess ways to restore biodiversity and support the resilience of oak forest systems at the B.D. White and Brower Lake Nature Preserves.

Decades-long GVSU tree swallow study continually benefits science, students


Dr. Michael Lombardo drew data from decades-long research at a tree swallow study site along the southern part of the Allendale Campus for a recently published paper on the most favorable fledging circumstances for the birds to return to the nesting area.

Biology graduate student's research on genetics of chimpanzees

Genetics of chimpanzees in captivity

A research collaboration focusing on animals in captivity forged between a faculty member and an undergraduate student has continued with innovative research as the student pursues a graduate degree.

Funding Pledged to Fight Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

GH tribune

Dr. Ali Locher and NRM alumnus, Trevor Rose, an invasive species manager at the Ottawa Conservation District, work to eradicate the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid in Grand Haven.

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