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. 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 pursue Pre-Medical and other Pre-Professional preparation through our undergraduate program. The Biology MS degree program also offers optional emphases in either Aquatic Sciences or Natural Resources.

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.

News / Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 7, 11:00am-2:00pm
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Major's Fair 

Biology Department Seminar Series:

Click here for the full seminar schedule for fall semester.


Samuel Merring: From Internship to Tuition Crew to the U.S. Forest Service

Historical parks preservation

Biology faculty member, Bob Hollister, co-authors a paper in nature describing how vegetation is changing across the tundra biome as a result of climate change.

Nikitin research

Biology faculty member, Alexey Nikitin, has co-authored a series of papers on genetic affiliations of ancient nomadic warriors from the Great Eurasian Steppe, including the fearsome Scythians and the legendary Amazons.

Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse

The Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse welcomed over 75 people during the third annual open house on Saturday, September 22.  The open house was held in conjunction with the Family Weekend activities on the Allendale Campus. 

Bob Hollister

Biology faculty member, Bob Hollister, receives over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to continue research documenting vegetation change in the Arctic for the next five years.

Marriage of Laker twins

NRM graduate is one of Laker twin brothers who are receiving international attention for marriage to Laker twin sisters

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