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Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Biosciences 2100

See our Graduate Programs in Biology Website

This program is housed within The College of Science and Engineering

Program Description

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 Requirements

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 and send additional materials outlined above to:

Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Biosciences 2100
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Graduation Requirements

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.

Career Outlook