Experiential Learning opportunities
In the Department of Biological Sciences we offer students hands-on experiences in life science research in a broad range of biological and biomedical sciences areas, including:
- cell and tissue engineering
- cell and tissue regeneration
- consequences of human activity on ecosystems
- developmental biology
- ecology and ecosystem services
- environmental biology
- evolutionary biology
- impacts of climate change on living organisms
- immunology and virology
- microbiology and microbial ecology
- restoration ecology and management of native plants
These experiential learning opportunities allow students to hone their skills in effective teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication using oral, written and digital formats. Our students have the opportunity to present at National Conferences as part of their studies.
Faculty and students discuss the value of working in a research lab as part of their educational experience.
We also have a focus on Women in STEM.
Dr. Kathryn Docherty discusses her research.
Dr. Tiffany Schriever takes students into the field.
Get a glimpse of the biological sciences program
Harrison Bach, undergraduate, talks about research in the Linn Lab
Biology careers can lead you to study living organisms to help develop biological knowledge and understanding of living processes for a number of different purposes, including treatment of disease and sustaining the natural environment. We are convinced that the skills learned at WMU prepare you for different careers such as:
- Pre-dental and Dental School
- Environmental scientist
- Nature conservation officer
- Occupational Therapist
- Lab Research Scientist
and others. You will be a valued member of the workforce and an outstanding contributor to our society.
Western Michigan University embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society. In the Department of Biological Sciences undergraduates, graduate students and faculty collaborate on real-world applications through laboratory research, publications and fieldwork. Here is the Biological Sciences information from the 2020-21 Post-Graduate Activity Report. The full report can be found here.
Biological Sciences accepts rolling applications for the M.A. program
The Office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Contact your professor or Dr. Spitsbergen, biological sciences chair, to schedule an appointment.
Channel 17 News feature on agave in the Finch Greenhouse
Dr. Bruce Bejcek passes away
2022 Newsletter for Biological Sciences
2021 Newsletter for Biological Sciences
2020 Newsletter for Biological Sciences
Dr. Kathryn Docherty presents at Farm Field Day
WMU Alumna named Distinguished Educator of the Year
MSTA Honors Dr. Rudge
Biological Sciences graduate students receive funding to develop talks for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Chris Jackson, Greenhouse Manager, in the news, saving native seeds.
Drs. Beane and Spitsbergen in a video about inquiry-based learning.
Dr. Kathryn Docherty describes her field site.
Student job opportunities.
Dr. Sharon Gill and doctoral student Joanna Sblendorio in the news.
Department donates PPE to the community during virus crisis.
Alberto Cintrón-Colón selected as a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow.
Three students present posters at ARO Conference.
2019 Biological Sciences Newsletter is available.
Dr. Joseph Engemann passes away.
Explore the world of biology through our seminar series each semester. The seminars are presentations of current biological research by current WMU faculty or faculty from other universities.
Undergraduate research opportunities
Set on 661 acres in Southwest Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides visitors with an exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes and prairies, and more than seven miles of nature trails. The institute is open to the public year-round, free of charge.
Presentation opportunities for students
Students have the opportunity to attend conferences and present their research.
Past presentations by faculty and students
Student Success Services in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University provides academic support programs and connects you to resources you may need to achieve your academic and personal goals.