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“Undergraduate research, across a range of disciplines, is a distinctive strength of our campus, and it is the dedicated mentorship of our faculty that is a key component of providing these opportunities for UWRF students.” -UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen


UWRF Biology

The Department of Biology prides itself on the diversity of training, research experiences, and interests of its faculty members, as well as a commitment to individualized student attention. At UW-River Falls, students are encouraged to be independent thinkers, challenge traditional wisdom, and to behave ethically and socially. They are encouraged to follow an environmentally sound life-style that will produce responsible global citizens.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Biology Department offers several degree options that prepare students for various careers. All of the programs place heavy emphasis on undergraduate research as well as provide numerous opportunities for internships and international experiences. For more information visit our Degrees page.

Our department is located on the fourth floor of the Agricultural Science building. Please make arrangements to stop in and see us if you are visiting campus!


Master of Professional Science degree opportunities at the University of Miami


The University of Miami is offering rolling admission until June for international students, and July for domestic students interested in persuing a Master of Professional Science graduate degree . They are also waiving the GRE for Fall 2020 due to the availability of testing with ETS (tuition waivers will be based on GPA only).

At the University of Miami, masters students take the same courses as Ph.D. and MS students, but do an internship or research in the field instead of a thesis/dissertation. Some of the organizations students have the opportunity to work with include NOAA, NPS, and NGOs. 94% of students have a job in the field 6 months after graduation!

Some of the degree programs offered include Applied Remote Sensing, Aquaculture, Climate and Society, Exploration Science, Fisheries Management and Conservation, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammal Science, Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Analytics, and Underwater Archaeology.

More information including a virtual open house, applications, alumni profiles, class schedules, and internship opportunities can be found at

Or contact Josh Coco at 305-421-4002 or



Jase Baker

“From day one, the faculty and staff that I studied with at UW-River Falls dedicated themselves to me and my success.  My advisor made me feel like I always had someone in my corner, and my resident assistant Rylee worked his butt off to forge friendships among residents that still exist today.  I have made friends with biology and chemistry majors and formed study groups that meet weekly to help us learn together.  I would say the most important step that I took to be successful at UWRF was to create a supportive network of faculty and of successful peers and to actively engage with them.” -Jase Baker, Pre-Med / Biology, Center City, MN




Biology Graduate Olivia Yue

“I Instantly fell in love with the UW-River Falls campus. I think what spoke to me the most was how personable the staff was. It felt so genuine and authentic. I felt like I was truly being cared for, truly being seen on this campus and that was just my first visit.” - Olivia Yue, 2019 Biology Graduate

Biology Graduate Sarah Slinger

“UW-River Falls was the first school I toured and I loved it,” she says. “My hometown of Northfield, Minnesota, is a town similar in size to River Falls and also a college town. I just felt like I was in a new Northfield with different people when I was in River Falls. I also couldn’t get over how nice everyone was.” - Sarah Slinger, 2019 Biology Graduate


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Items of note:


UW-River Falls voted 8th in nation in value for expense in Wall Street Journal survey

Biology major Sophie Ackerman selected as a WySis Ambassador for 2019-2020

Learn about the proposed UWRF Science and Technology Innovation Center:

Read about Biology students Hired Before Graduation:

UW-River Falls Biology Department awarded the 2014 Regents Teaching Excellence Program Award


Contact Us


Biology Department
414 Agricultural Science
611 South 3rd Street

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