Biology Major

All biology majors at UW-Stevens Point begin by exploring the fundamentals of plant and animal biology, and learning the principles of genetics and ecology. Students then select a course in physiology (animal, human, plant or cell), and are encouraged to follow their own interests when selecting biology electives from at least two of three upper-division subject groups. Courses in chemistry and math round out the basic requirements for the major.
 

Areas of Emphasis

Each biology student at UW-Stevens Point has the opportunity to tailor the major to emphasize their individual interests and career aspirations. Students work with their advisors to personalize their choice of required core curricular elements, collateral courses and electives to best fit their particular goals. Common areas of emphasis within the biology major include: aquatic biology, biobusiness, biotechnology, botany, ecology/environmental, education, graduate work/research, horticulture, microbiology, natural history, pharmaceutical and biomedical sales, zoos and aquaria, and zoology. After completing the requirements for a biology major at UW-Stevens Point, most students will be well equipped to enter a profession upon graduation. Those looking to advance in their profession after employment or enter graduate school, medical school, or veterinary medicine should consult their advisor about additional math, physics, and chemistry coursework. Students should keep in mind that employers are also looking for things other than coursework when evaluating applicants for a job in the biological sciences or post-graduate training. The three most important things besides coursework are: communication skills, leadership skills, and in-field experience. Check with your advisor to find out how you might enhance these three areas.
 

 Year One

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 130 Introduction to Plant Biology
5
Chemistry 105 or 117 5
English 101 or 150 3
Wellness​ 1
  Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biology 160 Introduction to Animal Biology 5
Chemistry 106 5
English 102 or 150 3
Wellness 2
  Total Credits: 15
 

 Year Two

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 210 Principles of Genetics
3
Math 3
General Education or electives
9
  Total Credits: 15

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Biology 281/285/314/351 (Physiology)
or Biology Elective
4
General Education or electives 12
  Total Credits: 16
 

 Year Three

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 281/285/314/351 (Physiology) or Biology Elective
4
Biology 305/306 General Ecology/Ecological Methods
4
General Education or electives
6
  Total Credits: 14

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Math 5
Biology electives
7
General Education or electives
6
  Total Credits: 17
 

 Year Four

 
Fall Semester
Course Credits
Biology 490 Senior Seminar
1
Biology Elective
3-4
General Education or electives
10-12
  Total Credits: 14-17

Spring Semester
Course Credits
Electives 12-15
  Total Credits: 12-15

The Biology Major section of the UW-Stevens Point course catalogue may be accessed here.