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Department of Biology Biology Degree

Bachelor's Degree (major), Minor

The biology degree program immerses students in the study of living things

Join us at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and learn how you can build a biological sciences career in fields such as education, private industry, government programs and medicine. In pursuing a biology degree, you will learn how life develops, functions and changes.

Why Study Biology at UW-Stevens Point?

Common areas of emphasis in biology 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. Students looking to advance in their profession after employment or enter graduate school, medical school, or veterinary medicine should consult their adviser about additional math, physics and chemistry coursework.

What to Expect

Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through research and field opportunities. There are outstanding collections of fish, herptiles, fossils, mammals, birds and plants. On-campus facilities for students include scanning and transmission electron microscopes, DNA sequencers, aquaculture labs, aquaria, greenhouses, and the only student-run vivarium in the state. There are dedicated labs for molecular genetics, cell biology and plant physiology, human and animal physiology, plant taxonomy, human anatomy, higher vertebrates and lower vertebrates.

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Field courses take students off campus to American deserts from the Great Basin Desert to the Pacific Coast, and to Costa Rica for eight days during spring break. These intense camping, hiking and learning experiences provide hands-on, living labs to apply and understand ecological principles.

Other off-campus facilities encompass 40,000 acres of private, county and state land available for study within 20 miles of campus, providing a great diversity of habitats for scientific investigations. The department is also home to two leading centers for aquaculture research, the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and Aquaponics Innovation Center.

Biology student organizations include the Herpetology Society, the campus chapter of the Tri-Beta Lambda Omicron National Biological Honor Society, the Pre-Med and Allied Health Club, and the Animal and Pre-Vet Club.

Faculty

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. Meet your professors!