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All About Life

From the smallest cell to the largest mammal, biology is literally all around you. It’s the science of all life and living organisms—how they function, their origins and evolution, and the ways in which they interact with other living things and the environment.

With a BS in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech, you’ll learn the basics of cells, genes, and organisms and apply it to the real world through innovative laboratory investigations, field research, and one-on-one work with professors. With a strong, quantitative education in natural sciences, you’ll have the framework needed to excel in whatever comes next—whether you’ve got your sights set on medical school, advanced graduate work, or a career in industry.

One-of-a-Kind Program

Learning about the living world from inside a classroom doesn’t make much sense. Michigan Tech’s location amid diverse ecosystems teeming with life—waters, forests, wetlands, and more—makes it a prime location to study biology. And you’ll have the opportunity to learn in up-to-date labs and research facilities, with access to some of the most advanced technology in the industry.

About the Program

  • Undergraduate research is emphasized. Current faculty are engaged in research projects ranging from the study and conservation of sturgeon populations to inherited human genetic disorders, and students are encouraged to get involved.
  • BS graduates receive a pragmatic, quantitative education with not only an understanding of natural sciences but also a strong background in chemistry, mathematics, biochemistry and physics.
  • Technology in undergraduate labs is cutting edge: you can work on advanced DNA analysis, confocal microscopy, cell sorting, chromatography, and more. There’s a benefit to studying biology at a technological university!
  • Great Lakes, great facilities. Michigan Tech’s newest addition is the Great Lakes Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will support faculty in their high-level research of water, atmospheric science, and conservation.
  • Get involved outside the classroom. Students at Michigan Tech get involved with any number of professional organizations—Phi Sigma, the National Biology Honor Society; Microbiology Club; Botany Club; Pre-Health Association; as well as a variety of other organizations on campus.

Program Learning Goals

All graduates in Biological Sciences will:

Goal 1 have knowledge of the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels of organization.
Goal 2 increase critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Goal 3 employ the scientific method to synthesize and report results.
Goal 4 apply knowledge to broader global issues.
Goal 5 be aware of the ethical and moral issues in biology.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our undergraduate degree programs emphasize hands-on research at all levels. Our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in biology, and students are welcomed into their research groups.

Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.

Learn more about undergraduate research.

Degree Concentrations

There are a variety of specialty concentrations available with the Bachelor of Science in Biology.

General Biology

If you’re looking for a concentration with plenty of flexibility and a choice of electives, the general biology option is for you. Focus on core biology course work, then tailor your learning experience with specialized electives and lab and field research. Students in this concentration are interested in pursuing careers in plant sciences, animal sciences, microbiology, or ecology.


Students interesting in pursuing careers in terrestrial or aquatic ecology may choose the concentration in ecology. The new Great Lakes Research Center provides an exciting emphasis on freshwater, environmental, and aquatic research at an interdisciplinary level.

Secondary Education

You’ve set your sights on teaching, with a goal of inspiring high school students to love biology as much as you do. Get there by completing additional course work in preparation for secondary-education teacher certification in the state of Michigan that allows you to teach biology in grades 6–12.

Pre-Health Professions

If your undergraduate education is meant to be the first step toward a career as a health care professional, Michigan Tech is the place to start. We offer a pre-health concentration meant to prepare you thoroughly for advanced degree programs in the health professions. These include:

Learn more about pre-health programs.

Career Pathways

Start with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, go anywhere. With a solid background in natural sciences, you can create the career of your choosing. The field of biology is wide open, with diverse career opportunities available in health care, industry, and more.

What could I do with a biology degree?

Our graduates find work in a variety of fields.

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health care
  • Quality assurance
  • Environmental consulting
  • Product development
  • Forensics
  • Secondary education
  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-profit sectors
  • Academia

Companies and organizations that routinely recruit at Michigan Tech

  • Kimberly Clark
  • Dow
  • Kraft
  • Smith Kline Beecham
  • Abbott Labs
  • Stryker
  • Welch Food, Inc.
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Medtronic
  • Government agencies
  • University research laboratories