Majors & Minors

Biology Degree

Program Overview

This award-winning program prepares students for careers in health-related professions and laboratory research (Biomedical and Health Science Degree), public and private agencies involved with natural resources management (Field Biology option), and high school/middle school education (Biology – Broad Field Science).  

Highlights of the Biology Degree

  • Winner of the 2014 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, given to one department in the UW System each year, regardless of discipline.

  • Heavy emphasis on undergraduate biology research, beginning the first semester of the freshman year.

  • 3+4 or 4+4 articulation agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic medicine (the largest medical school in the United States), with associated programs in dentistry and pharmacy.

  • 3+1 articulation agreement with the Medical Laboratory Scientist program of the University of Minnesota, and 3+4 articulation agreement with the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

  • 3+2 articulation agreement with the Echocardiography program of the Mayo Clinic, and good record of acceptance into the Surgical First Assistant program of the Mayo Clinic.

  • Opportunities for internships and international experience in Europe, Costa Rica and Taiwan.

  • Recently renovated laboratories designed specifically for inquiry-based instruction.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Understand the language, facts, details and significance of scientific information in biology.
  • Obtain and verify scientific knowledge and the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Use practical techniques and procedures useful in laboratory research, using state-of-the-art equipment for sophisticated techniques such as qPCR and flow cytometry.
  • Apply critical thinking skills valued by professional programs and private companies.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a Biology or Biomedical and Health Science degree are prepared for careers in a wide variety of professional and graduate programs in the health and environmental sciences fields in both the public and private sectors. The Biology-Broad Field Science education major provides teaching certification for middle school and high school, a high-demand area of employment due to a shortage of teachers in the STEM disciplines.

Potential Job Titles

  • Medical Doctor
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Conservation Warden
  • High School/Middle School Teacher
  • Laboratory Research Scientist


  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Natural Resource Agencies
  • High Schools and Middle Schools
  • Medical Equipment Suppliers
  • Biological Research Labs


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Degree Requirements 

4-Year Completion Plan
(Biomedical and Health Science)

4-Year Completion Plan
(Field Biology)

4-Year Completion Plan
(Biology Broad Field)


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