Study life itself with a biology major at UW-Stevens Point
The Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point immerses students in the study of living things including how life develops, functions and changes. Our students and faculty put a high priority on collaborating in research and discovery to establish a deeper understanding of life and its natural processes.
Students choose us because our flexible program helps them shape their studies around their interests
and aspirations. Join us and learn how you can build a biological sciences career in fields such as education, private industry, government programs and medicine.
Areas of study
Your biology courses at UW-Stevens Point begin with studies in plant and animal biology, genetics and
ecology. You then select a course in animal, human, plant or cell physiology, and you’re encouraged to follow your interests in electives. Courses in chemistry and math will complete your basic requirements.
After your basic courses, you will work with an adviser to personalize your core curricular classes,
collateral courses and electives to best fit your 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. In
conjunction with the UW-Stevens Point Department of Chemistry, the Biology Department also offers a biochemistry major for
students interested in cellular or molecular biology or planning on medical or veterinary school.
Our 25 faculty teach more than 500 biology students. Student-professor interaction is a high priority at UW-Stevens Point, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Most of our classes and labs are taught by a Ph.D.-trained instructor with expertise in the field, and we offer many opportunities for undergraduate research. UW-Stevens Point
biology students excel in organismal biology and are encouraged to participate in field courses and internships.
After graduation, our students commonly find biology careers as wildlife biologists, nursing assistants, environmental technicians and more. Some also seek advanced educations in graduate school, medical school or veterinary medicine.