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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)


Biology is an exciting and dynamic field that trains people for a wide range of careers that improve human welfare and environmental stewardship.

Program Overview

The biology program prepares students for leading positions in a wide range of careers. Students may individualize their degree program by specializing in the following emphases:

  • General biology (pre-professional)
  • Ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Biomolecular processes
  • Preveterinary
  • Teacher certification

A minor in biology is also available.


A degree in biology includes coursework in:

  • Animal and plant biology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Lab and field experience
  • Physics

Career Options

The following are just a few career options for biologists:

  • Teacher, university professor
  • Environmental/sustainability consultant
  • Zoologist or wildlife biologist
  • Physician, dentist, PA, genetic counselor
  • Ecologist or field biologist
  • Fisheries or aquatic biologist
  • Laboratory or research technician
  • Conservation biologist

A master of science in biology is also available. For details, visit

Why Study Biology at Grand Valley?

  • Personal attention by faculty committed to teaching in all of your courses in our student-centered program.
  • Extensive hands-on and project-based learning supported by our student-focused, state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory and field facilities.
  • Interaction with faculty possessing a wide range of expertise.
  • Opportunities for internships, international and domestic field study, and mentor-guided student research.
  • Graduates from the biology program have been highly successful in obtaining employment as well as admission to prestigious graduate programs.
  • Regular networking opportunities with faculty, peers, alumni, professional organizations, and industry stakeholders.


“The Biology Department has excellent opportunities available outside of the classroom with faculty members in a wide range of specialties, which can provide very valuable knowledge and experience not normally obtained prior to graduate-level studies.”


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