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.
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 degrees in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resources Management, and Wildlife Biology. 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.
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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.
Time Lapse Video of Corpse Flower Blooming - April 2022
Feeding Habits of Prominent Feeder Songbird, Black-Capped Chickadees
Dr. Jenny Jenkins and student researchers are setting up field research this winter in the Arboretum on the Allendale Campus to gain more insight into the feeding habits, and even the personalities, for common songbirds: black-capped chickadees.
Wildflower Hike at 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!
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Research Ecologist/Research Forester/Research Soil Scientist at USDA Forest Service
for job 6473252
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station
Conservation Education Coordinator
for job 6471766
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Scientists in Park Intern: Water Quality Data Visualization (1 year)
for job 6447511
National Park Service
for job 6439154
Lapeer Conservation District
Research Technician or Senior Research Technician - Wen Lab
for job 6431382
Van Andel Institute