Student in lab studying biological sciences

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov

Biological Sciences—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is located in the $44-million Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building.
  • The Dow building features a flow-through lake-water system for aquatic and limnology studies as well as a research greenhouse.
  • Students conducting aquatic field research gain experience on the thirty-six-foot Research Vessel Agassiz and on other small vessels.
  • Our student-faculty ratio is 3:1.

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Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences

Michigan Tech offers both Master of Science and PhD degrees in Biological Sciences, as well as an option in medical laboratory management for those pursuing the MS degree. 

Research focuses in this department include: 

  • biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, and exercise science; 
  • ecology and environmental biology, evolutionary studies, invasive species, and fish biology; 
  • human health, medical microbiology, immunology, diabetes, regulation of arterial blood pressure. 

Our research facilities include the equipment needed to support graduate students in performing cutting edge research. From GC- and ICP- mass spectrometers to various chromatography systems (HLPC, IC, GC, etc...) used for chemical analyses, resources are also available for water testing, DNA sequencing, nanotech research and the physiological monitoring of human and environmental processes.

Medical technologists may pursue a master’s degree in biological sciences with an option in medical laboratory management. The medical lab management option within the MS program balances science and business. MLS (ASCP) certificate is required.

Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.

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