New Majors Offered by Biology Department for Fall 2021

Beginning Fall 2021, the Biology Department will offer two new majors Wildlife Biology and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences to complement existing majors in Biology and Natural Resources Management.

The Wildlife Biology major is designed to qualify students for federal wildlife biologist positions and students may wish to pursue certification as Associate Wildlife Biologists by The Wildlife Society. To do so, students will want to work closely with their academic advisors. The curriculum emphasizes field studies and skills acquisition necessary to work in the wildlife professions.

The Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences major will serve students interested in fisheries biology, aquatic sciences, ecology, and aquatic ecosystem management based on their selection of electives. Students have the option to elect courses that would allow them to apply to become an Associate Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society. Course-work is intentionally hands-on and field and laboratory-based and includes options to hone taxonomic skills for aquatic plants, algae, insects, and fish.

Students with these majors will be competitive for employment with State and Federal Agencies, environmental consulting firms, Tribal and non-governmental organizations, non-profit conservation groups, and for graduate school. Early consultation with an academic advisor is strongly recommended.

Contact the GVSU Biology Department for more Information.