Immerse yourself in the challenging and integrated laboratory and fieldwork experiences that will prepare you for a rewarding career or graduate study in a biology-related field. In addition to research and professional internship opportunities, you'll discover hands-on learning experiences through natural environments available only through CMU, such as the Beaver Island Biological Station, the new state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Fabiano Botanical Gardens, and more.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
All applicants to the program are encouraged to apply for a teaching assistantship, which are awarded on a competitive basis. Students should discuss the possibility of a research assistantship with their advisor when applying to the biology graduate program, as a limited number of research assistantships are available.
Research facilities include a new Biosciences Building, with an imaging facility, vivarium and the CMU Herbarium; the CMU Biological Station at Beaver Island in Lake Michigan; and Neithercut Woodlands, 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant.
Admission to the program requires:
- a bachelor's degree or equivalent;
- a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and in biological science major;
- three letters of recommendation from professional references; and
- commitment of a faculty advisor.
For department-specific required forms please visit the department page here.
Admission to the biology graduate program is accepted on a rolling basis, but students wishing to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship should apply by Feb. 1 for the following fall semester.
Apply online at
apply.cmich.edu and send additional materials outlined above to:
Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Most students follow a thesis option, which requires course work approved by the student's graduate committee and the completion and write-up of a major research project. Some students follow a nonthesis option, based mostly on course work, with a minor research or independent study report. Students are assessed on their thesis seminar, oral defense and written report. The specific learning outcomes are available from the biology office.