Biological Sciences—MS, PhD

For current Michigan Tech students, this program is also available as an accelerated master's degree.

There has never been a more exciting time for you to be a biologist, and we have dynamic faculty and prime facilities to help get you there. That means you’ll be working on what’s now and what’s next.

What you’ll work on

Our department has experts in health sciences; ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences; and biochemistry and molecular biology. From the prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer to ecological toxicology and gene editing–students start interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research right away, working side-by-side with internationally-known faculty.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Human Health
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Who you’ll work with

World-class faculty who are scholar-teachers–passionate about both their cutting-edge research and outstanding teaching. Majority of our faculty (>85%) have external research funding and all have their own labs. The department has brought in over 10 million dollars in the last six years from organizations such as NSF, NIH, DOE, DNR and HUD. Several faculty members have received NSF CAREER and other prestigious awards.

Faculty Spotlight

Chandrashekhar Joshi

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
Department Chair and Professor,
Biological Sciences

“We are tackling biological problems that are cutting edge, contributing to the knowledge base, and this is happening as a group activity–as a community of scholars.”

The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences are outstanding scholar-teachers who are contributing to major advances in health sciences, ecological sciences, and molecular biosciences. They do exceptional work that gets published and cited in reputable journals and bring in research dollars. Our students publish papers with faculty working in world-class labs, where they discover solutions to important problems like mitigating metabolic syndrome, control of invasive species, and making sense of genomic information. Research is our main passion, which makes students’ futures bright, leading to good jobs down the road.

Where you’ll work

With over twenty research labs, seven teaching labs, seven shared facilities, three research sites located in National Parks and Preserves, and on one research vessel, students gain valuable hands-on experience for both learning and research. All of our labs are top-of-the-line and our equipment is both research-grade and state-of-the-art. Facilities and equipment are upgraded annually to keep abreast of changing technologies and best practices.