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Biology Degree - Major or Minor

UW-Superior's Biology Degree program provides students with a strong foundation in basic biological principles and enables students to pursure career goals through focuses in Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science, Cell/Molecular Biloogy, Plant Sciences, Pre-Professional Studies or Secondary Education. Students work closely with faculty to plan their academic program, pursue classroom, field and lab work, and conduct undergraduate research.

The biology program provides excellent education for students seeking entry-level careers right out of college, students preparing for graduate school, and those who want to teach biology. It also provides a comprehensive background for students preparing to enter medical school or health care professional programs. Students who wish to become biology teachers benefit from the quality of the biology program as well as UW-Superior's Teacher Education program.

Biology students benefit from the environmental resources of the Lake Superior region and the program's close working relationships with regional research laboratories. Field and laboratory research experiences and internships are provided through cooperation with UW-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and UWS faculty.

Degrees and Majors/Minors


Biology Major with focuses in:

  • Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Aquatic Biology, and Fishery Science
  • Plant Sciences



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Other Options

Pre-professional Studies Focus

  • Students interested in the pre-professional areas of biology including chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine will find the biology program provides a comprehensive background that enables students to apply for professional health programs as well as other programs in the medical area.

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  • The biology program provides numerous opportunities to gain experience in field work and research.
  • Our alumni often report that they arrive at their first job or at graduate school better prepared than their peers from other institutions.
  • Small classes and labs provide opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty.
  • All biology majors complete a senior experience which can include undergraduate research, internships and/ or a senior seminar. All senior experiences culminate with a public presentation at a research symposium or conference.
  • UW-Superior manages the MacQuarrie Wetlands Research Area where students and faculty conduct studies and research on a variety of wetland topics.
  • Biology majors have the opportunity to work at UWS's Lake Superior Research Institute, located on campus.

  • Biology majors are eligible for Swenson Scholarships that pay for up to four years of tuition and books.

  • Biology majors have the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and/or at the Department of Natural Resources for Wisconsin or Minnesota.

  • UW-Superior's location in northwestern Wisconsin gives you access to lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, and other natural resources for study and research.

What can you do with a degree in Biology from UW-Superior?

Biologists work in a wide range of jobs in local, state and federal government, schools and universities, scientific research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry, and hospitals.

The following are examples of career options for Biology majors:

  • Aquatic/ Fisheries biologist
  • Audiologist
  • Biology Teacher
  • Botanist
  • Conservation warden
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dietitian
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Food Inspector
  • Forester
  • Horticulturist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Museum/aquarium professional
  • Natural resource and conservation manager
  • Nursing
  • Optometrist

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