Biological Sciences: A Hub for Learning
We offer six exciting undergraduate majors that highlight our strength in biochemistry and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and health sciences. Our studies are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. Research is cutting-edge in topics including plant biochemistry and molecular biology; human ecosystems; human diseases; genetics and physiology; microbiology; and aquatic biology and ecology. Explore our degrees to learn more about what the Department of Biological Sciences can offer you.
Not sure which area of biology you want to specialize in yet? The BS in Biological Sciences provides a strong, quantitative education in the natural sciences, with a strong emphasis on high-level laboratory investigation and field research opportunities. Our graduates are thoroughly prepared and find success in medical school, advanced graduate programs, and careers in industry.
Whether you’re interested in plants, animals, aquatics, or other living organisms, Michigan Tech’s location amid diverse ecosystems teeming with life—waters, forests, wetlands, and more—makes it a prime location earn a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our graduates are prepared for careers in research, conservation and restoration, education and outreach, or to further their education in a graduate program.
Gain a deep understanding of humans through a biological perspective—from the chemical through organismal level, and how humans impact and interact with their environment. The BS in Human Biology includes all commonly required and recommended courses for medical school. Many of our graduates pursue a graduate health professional program, but are also prepared for careers in research, biosafety, sales, and health education and communication.
Investigate a program with a variety of innovative specializations and nearly limitless career opportunities. The BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences begins with the fundamentals, then allows you to focus on medical technology, cytotechnology, or secondary education—you can even choose the amount of time you spend on your degree. You’ll spend ample time in labs and research settings, including a yearlong clinical practicum. Our graduates are extremely employable and in high demand, easily finding careers and placements in a variety of settings.
Explore biologically important molecules, mechanisms, and processes—and gain practical laboratory experience while doing it. Major topics studied in biochemistry course work include purification of proteins; enzyme kinetics; intermediary metabolism and regulation; bioenergetics; membrane structure; mechanisms and regulation of protein, DNA, RNA, and polysaccharide synthesis; and current techniques in gene cloning and protein engineering.
Fuse your interest in biology with your IT and computer skills with a BS in Computational Biology. More than just studying concepts, you’ll become a specialist, using a variety of computational analyses to study, process, and analyze vast molecular biological data. Learn by doing in our specialized computations facilities and computing laboratories—all of which feature the latest software and technologies. You’ll benefit from a program that emphasizes a strong, quantitative education combined with cutting-edge research.