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

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

For returning students, don't forget to register for classes! 

If you have any questions, please contact your faculty adviser, or the Biology office at 616-331-2470, or

Thank you to Student Life for naming Biology as the 2017/18 Outstanding Department for contributing to the growth and development of student life at GVSU.

Marriage of Laker twins

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

Falcon chicks

Endangered falcon chicks banded at Eberhard Center

Fred Bevis

Historical parks preservation

Students conduct research to help preserve two historical Grand Haven parks

Pre-Vet Club

GVSU Pre-Vet Club and students receive national recognition

University Innovation Fellows

Biology student, Madalyn Slubowski, selected to the University Innovation Fellows program at Stanford University

Page last modified August 2, 2018