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It's a big deal here

If you are thirsty for adventure, curious about the world and ready to get your hands dirty, you've come to the right place. The Department of Biology strives to give students a one-of-a-kind experience that only the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire can offer. We explore rivers, research in jungles, study creatures of the ocean and many other things you'll just have to see for yourself! These unique experiences, paired with talented faculty & staff and a strong curriculum, will prepare you for whatever you want to do next.

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acres of natural area right on campus


square feet of on-campus greenhouse space

Tall grass trail

So much to do, so little time

When you sign up for biology at UW-Eau Claire, not only will you get a great degree, but you will discover a ton of different ways to learn. Here are just a few examples. 

  • Participate in research that is usually reserved for grad students
  • Get that research published and present it at a conference 
  • Travel to a faraway place to study ecology in the rain forest 
  • Complete an internship while you swim alongside sharks 

That's just a start. There's way more to do than we can possibly list. Go check out all of the opportunities you can have as a biology student.  

Explore opportunities

Field Biology class trip to Half Moon and Braun's Bay on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Biology lovers: this is your place!

The majors and minors that exist under the biology umbrella are as vast as the world we live in. You have the freedom to study plants, animals, microorganisms, genes, molecules, the environment — the sky's the limit!

Get exploring
UWEC Students Collect Crayfish near Minnie Creek

UWEC is built for biology lovers

Not many universities can say they have a river, a stream, and a 230-acre scientific natural area to learn in right on their campus. And that’s not all. We have extensive collections, state-of-the-art labs, and three types of greenhouses, too!

See what we offer

Get hands-on with research

You have many opportunities to participate in research at UW-Eau Claire, especially in the Department of Biology. One reason is that we are the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration in the UW System. The other big reason is that our faculty truly enjoy working with Blugolds on research they have initiated or that you want to begin. Getting you involved in research at some point during your time here is a priority for us. The video below is an example of how research is woven into our curriculum.

Learn more about research 

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