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Biology Academic Offerings

Biology Majors and Minors

We have something for everyone who is interested in biology. Choose from a variety of majors and minors that study everything from the tiniest organisms to the great blue whale. Plus we have a track of courses that can help prepare you for graduate or pre-professional programs. No matter which route you take, you will get the chance to get up close and personal with biology through lab and field experiences on campus and across the globe.

The biology department offers the following programs:

  1. Students in a Chemistry lab

    Our biochemistry and molecular biology degree puts you at the forefront of innovation. Participate in collaborative research, train on leading-edge technology and gain real-world experience from expert faculty.

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  2. Biology students work in the creek on their first day of class

    Grounded in research with top-notch faculty and experiential learning opportunities, our biology degree is unrivaled at other undergraduate institutions in this region. Find your passion, choose your path and start making a difference.

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  3. Students studying plants during class

    Our ecology and environmental biology degree is an excellent choice for those curious about nature and passionate about doing science in the great outdoors. Through lab work, field experience and real-world projects, you'll pursue novel ideas and solve global environmental problems.

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  4. Biology students working with samples in a lab

    Uncover groundbreaking ways to improve our health and the environment through the study of bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts and mold. Discover the many microbes that make life on earth possible, and gain the necessary knowledge to solve the unique problems revolving around them.

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  5. Explore biological diversity, sustainability and environmental conservation — and how you can make a difference in our world — with a minor in environmental science.

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  6. Study, maintain and preserve marine life and all it offers with a minor in marine science. A perfect pairing for those majoring in biology, chemistry, geography or geology.

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  7. Interested in becoming a chiropractor? Our pre-chiropractic program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  8. Interested in becoming a dentist? Our pre-dentistry program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  9. The pre-health science minor is designed for students preparing for post-baccalaureate health profession programs.

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  10. Pre-med students discussing

    Interested in a career in medicine? Our pre-medicine program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  11. Interested in becoming an optometrist? Our pre-optometry program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  12. Pre-professional Health Club members practice suturing on oranges

    Interested in becoming a physician assistant (PA)? Our pre-physician assistant program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  13. Interested in being a veterinarian? Our pre-veterinary medicine program will prepare you for the next step in your career.

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  14. Make a positive impact on our environment and the next generation with a bachelor’s degree in teaching - science, biology emphasis. Graduates are prepared to teach any science course, especially biology, to students in grades 4-12.

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Being a Blugold has pushed me to be the best person that I am capable of being. In my time here I have worked harder than ever before and I could not be more proud of what I have accomplished. The most important thing I can say to future students is to leave your comfort zone because that is where you find yourself.

Bobbie Stratman Biology
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Preparing you for the next step

Pursuing a future in a health career? The Health Careers Center can help you get prepared! We provide advising to help you stay on track, offer study materials for entrance exams and keep you informed about opportunities on campus and around the world.

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Bring on more biology

Get your fill of Biology outside of the classroom by joining a student organization. Not only will you have a blast with other biology lovers, but you can also talk about your involvement in an interview or on a résumé.

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Let your love for biology take you places

When you study biology at UW-Eau Claire you can be sure of one thing – you'll be going places. Many of our classes offer amazing opportunities to get your hands dirty and explore biology out in the wild. You'll also be prepared to go places after you graduate. Whether you want to continue your education or are looking to land a job you'll love, you will be ready to take on whatever comes next with your liberal arts degree in hand and an understanding of how to contribute to the world around you. 

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