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

If you have questions about your 2019-2020 course registration, we encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor.

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Biology faculty and students research aimed at removing species from endangered lists are the focus of the article "Endangered no more" in the Spring issue of GVMagazine.

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Dr. Ali Locher presented on GVSU’s involvement in combating hemlock woolly adelgid during a recent Grand Haven City Council meeting.

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GVSU Undergraduate Fellow Brendan Kosnik and his mentor Dr. Gary Greer studied the impacts of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, on epiphytes in El Yunque National Forest.

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Congratulations to BIO Professor, Stephen Rybczynski, named this year's Michigan Science Teacher Association College Science Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Rybczynski was chosen for using and modeling best practices, inspiring students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, serving as an excellent role model for students and other teachers, demonstrating leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and for teaching.

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The GVSU plastination lab acquired conjoined female newborn Holstein calves from a local dairy farm.

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GVSU hosted the 2018 Regional West Michigan American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium.

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Dr. Tim Evans spent time this summer in collaboration with Dr. Kristen Hedges helping a group of Maasai develop an herbarium to preserve their medicinal plants and the traditional uses associated with them.
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Coming Soon! The greenhouse is going to be featured in a new GVSU admissions video!
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Our Biology student workers set up an amazing display case dedicated entirely to the Biology Delartment! Come check it out! Located next to the CLAS Deans office. Thanks for all of your hard work Amanda, Brooke, Mikaela, and Kate!
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison (CO) – NRM Capstone class!
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Backpacking in NRM 300-a great way to get the national Leave no Trace certification!
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