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, Fisheries and Aquatic SciencesNatural Resources Management, or Wildlife Biology 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 degrees in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resources Management, and Wildlife Biology. Undergraduate students also may complete emphases in Pre-Veterinary MedicineTeacher 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.

Biology Department Seminar Series

Check back for any upcoming seminars!

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.

Time Lapse Video of Corpse Flower Blooming - April 2022

Corpse Flower

BLAZE: Ecology of Fire

Dr. Todd Aschenbach was a guest on the Burning Questions podcast hosted by Louise Bean.

Spring Wildflower Hike at Aman Park

GVSU’s Student Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society held a spring wildflower hike at Aman Park with advisors Prof. Chelsea Duball and Prof. Todd Aschenbach.

BIO Grad Student Wins Presentation Award

Biology Graduate Student, Mary Parr, won the Best Student Presentation Award at the Society for Ecological Restoration – Midwest Great Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting that was held in Wisconsin

Boosting Survival for Eastern Box Turtle Hatchlings

Dr. Jennifer Moore, student researchers, and conservation experts give rare turtles an impenetrable head start on life.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces ‘Major Breakthrough’ in Grand River Sturgeon Reproduction Research

A team of scientists and partnership researchers have documented natural reproduction of Lake Sturgeon in the Grand River for the first time.

Wildland Fire Management Course

Fire management course

Natural Resource Management students Emma Richards, Anna Hestera, and Jake Torok practice using a water hose during the NRM/BIO 230 Introduction to Wildland Fire Management course at the Edward Lowe Foundation. Photo Credit: Edward Lowe Foundation

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