Our biology labs are as big as the Great Lakes. Literally. See how much you can accomplish when your research program has its own biological station on Lake Michigan.
Why This Program & What You'll Learn
As a master's student in biology, you won't just conduct meaningful research. You'll find your lab work intertwined with field opportunities. This hands-on program gives you a chance to work with our distinguished faculty while exploring the natural wonders that surround us in Michigan.
You'll choose from two tracks in this program. The first is meant for students preparing for research-oriented careers or further study and requires a thesis. Most students pursue this option. Some students follow a non-thesis option. Your coursework will be approved by your advisory committee, and you'll complete minor research or independent study report.
You'll conduct cutting-edge research while working alongside caring faculty in the biology master's program:
- We're a research leader. Our Carnegie research classification places us among the top 5 percent of research institutions in the U.S. Graduate students work alongside faculty on cutting-edge research questions in the fields of microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology and genetics.
- Our biological station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan is a researcher's dream: Explore cedar swamps, sand dunes, and the lake itself on our research vessel, MV Chippewa.
- The 4-story, 169,000-square-foot Biosciences Building is home to a vivarium, herbarium and microscopy facility.
Careers & Outcomes
An MS in Biology will equip you to start a career in the lab or the field.
|Natural Science Research Director