Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University's biology program provides students with the latest knowledge and training in several areas of life science. This includes human biology as it relates to medical fields, although the program is not limited to or concentrated in this area.
As a WMU student majoring in biology, you'll learn about the processes that are fundamental to all living organisms and will have the opportunity to study botany, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, physiology, virology and zoology. Your coursework will include biological sciences as well as chemistry, physics, math and statistics. You'll complete a capstone experience, which includes a senior seminar class in a specialized area or independent research carried out with a WMU professor.
Beyond the classroom
WMU's Biology Club provides networking, research and learning opportunities, and its activity calendar offers a mix of events that will allow you to meet others who share your interests.
WMU also offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience outside the classroom by taking part in cutting-edge research involving plants, insects, mammals, birds and microorganisms. The University's undergraduate research programs will give you the edge you need by equipping you with real-life, hands-on experience in the subjects you learn about during class. These experiences will not only prepare you for success, but may also aid you in choosing the direction of your career.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in biology are working as:
- High school science teachers
- Forensic scientists
- Veterinary technicians
- Government or industry researchers
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Veterinary offices
- Nature centers
- Government agencies
Nearly one-third of WMU's recent biology graduates have gone directly into graduate programs or professional medical programs.
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