UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Degree Programs

Degree Programs

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Biology Department offers several degree options to prepare students for various careers in biology. All of the programs place heavy emphasis on undergraduate research as well as provide numerous opportunities for internships and international experiences.

  • The Field Biology plan focuses on natural resource management.
  • General Biology is a track for students who are seeking a broad biology education or middle and high school education certifications. For Biology Education, visit the Broad Field Science Licensure Page.
  • The Biomedical option prepares students for health-related professions and laboratory research. Many students in the Biomedical Sciences participate in the Pre-Health Professional Program and move on to other schools for further medical degrees and licensures.

Read on below or visit the UW-River Falls Course Catalog for more detailed descriptions and course offerings.

Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences Option prepares students for careers in health-related professions and laboratory research. Many students in the Biomedical Sciences work towards careers in medicine and participate in the Pre-Health Professional Program. The program prepares students to move on to other colleges and programs following their undergraduate experience at UW-River Falls. The Biology Department has articulation agreements with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Palmer College of Chiropractic, the Medical Laboratory Scientist program of the University of Minnesota, and the Echocardiography and Surgical First programs of the Mayo School of Health Sciences. See the Pre-Health Professions and Affiliation Agreements pages for more information.

Field Biology

The Field Biology program prepares students for careers in public and private agencies involved with natural resources management. The courses feature indoor and outdoor opportunities including Field Research Experience, General Zoology and Ecology. Field Biology majors work towards careers as zoologists, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, and ecologists to name a few.

Chemistry supporting courses (10- cr.): 1 year of CHEM

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab I, 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab II, 1 cr. or CHEM 130 Intro. to Organic Chemistry, 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chem., 5 cr.

Additional supporting courses (11-12 cr.):

PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics, 5 cr. or 131 calculus-based Physics, 5 cr.
MATH 147 Algebra & Trigonometry, 3 cr. or 149 Precalculus, 4 cr.        
MATH 231 Biostatistics, 3 cr. or ANSC 341 Biometrics, 3 cr.
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Note: Up to 6 elective credits may be taken from outside the Biology Department, by program exception.

General Biology

The General Biology option is for students who seek to be broadly educated in biology or who are seeking education certification (Biology Major - Liberal Arts and Education).

Chemistry supporting courses (10- cr.): 1 year of CHEM

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab I, 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab II, 1 cr. or CHEM 130 Intro. to Organic Chemistry, 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chem., 5 cr.

Additional supporting courses (11-12 cr.):

PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics, 5 cr. or 131 calculus-based Physics, 5 cr.
MATH 147 Algebra & Trigonometry, 3 cr. or 149 Precalculus, 4 cr.        
MATH 231 Biostatistics, 3 cr. or ANSC 341 Biometrics, 3 cr.
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