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Biology is the science of life. It includes an array of subdisciplines such as botany, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology, and zoology. Biological and/or biotechnology expertise are vital components of the solutions to many problems facing our civilization, from human health and disease to loss of biodiversity and environmental quality.Contact Info:
UW-Eau Claire is top-ranked nationally as a comprehensive university among comparable university undergraduate biology programs for producing future female Ph.D.s.
Brady Olson | 2014 biology graduate | Former intern at the Charles Darwin Research Center, Galápagos IslandsThe skills I have developed and practiced here have taught me how to be a better scientist and a better person. A solid understanding of science and an inclination towards people are integral parts of being a successful physician, and my time in the Galápagos has given me an improved notion of both.
Biology graduates go into a wide array of fields, becoming teachers, technicians, managers or planners for governmental agencies or environmental organizations, and health care professionals to name a few. The Biology major is an excellent foundation for students planning to attend medical, dental, veterinary, chiropractic, optometry, physical/ occupational therapy and physician’s assistant schools. To learn more about health careers, students can utilize the Health Careers Center, where they will find advising resources, workshop information, program materials and course information to help them prepare for a biomedical graduate programs or health professional programs. (To learn more, visit uwec.edu/academics/institute-health-sciences/health-careers-center/) The teaching minor, when combined with a teaching major in chemistry, physics-mathematics, physical science or physics, leads to a 6-12 certification in middle/secondary education programs.
The local region is great for field studies due to its proximity to lakes, streams, forests and wildlife areas. Adjacent to the Chippewa River and campus is Putnam Park, a 200-acre scientific natural area. The department is also associated with Beaver Creek Reserve in Eau Claire County, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) and the Gerace Research Centre (Bahamas). It also offers regular course-based trips to Costa Rica, the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos, rural Ecuador and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
For students interested in the human health professions and medical research, it is important to note that Eau Claire is home to several major clinics and hospitals including Sacred Heart and Mayo Clinic Health System, and smaller health care facilities such as the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
The department prides itself in its faculty-undergraduate student collaborative research program. Students engage in cutting edge research with faculty in the lab and/or field. Students work on projects across the state, country and internationally to conduct independent studies, co-author publications and present results at professional scientific meetings.
Housing one of the largest majors on campus, the Biology department spans three floors of Phillips Science Hall. Departmental facilities include 14 teaching laboratories, numerous research labs, three modern greenhouses, an animal care facility, the James Newman Clark Bird Museum and shared access to fluorescence electron microscopes and a Geographic Information System lab.
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