Field Biology


Majors & Minors

Biology - Field Biology Degree

Program Overview

This award-winning program prepares students for careers in public and private agencies involved with natural resources management.

Highlights of the Biology – Field Biology Program

  • 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 freshman year.
  • Varied courses, featuring both indoor and outdoor opportunities, including Field Research Experience, General Zoology and Ecology.
  • Opportunities for internships and international experience.
  • 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, details and significance of scientific information in biology.
  • Verify scientific knowledge and the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Use practical procedures useful in laboratory research, using state-of-the-art equipment for sophisticated techniques.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a Biology – Field Biology major are prepared for careers in wildlife and natural resource management. The biology-broad field science education major is also available and provides teaching certification for middle school and high school, a high-demand area of employment:

Job Titles

  • Zoologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Ecologist
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • High School/Middle School Teacher


  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Natural Resources Agencies
  • Management, Scientific or Technical Consulting Services
  • Biological Research Labs

Related Programs

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Animal Science

Conservation and Environmental Planning


For more information, contact
Biology Department

The median annual salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists is


(Bureau of Labor Statistics)