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An undergraduate degree in biology can open doors to some of the most rewarding and meaningful careers. The University of Wisconsin-Superior biology program offers a small, supportive environment with access to investigative opportunities in the classroom, field and lab that are often only found only at much larger research institutions. As a biology major at UW-Superior, you will have hands-on research opportunities beginning your first year. You’ll also develop meaningful connections with individuals on campus and in the region that will lead to success after graduation.


Experiential Learning

Benefit from partnerships with on-campus and regional research laboratories and environmental resources unique to the Lake Superior region.

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Biology majors are eligible to apply for a Swenson Scholarship covering full tuition and book costs for up to four years.

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Choose Your Focus

Faculty will work closely with you to plan your academic program, pursue field work and conduct research.

What You’ll Learn

Choose from a number of focus areas by taking elective courses in your area of interest, including: pre-medicine and health professions, cell/molecular biology, ecology/aquatic biology/fishery science, and plant sciences. Through a major or minor in biology at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive background in biology that will prepare you to enter medical school or health care professional programs
  • Understand and be able to conduct research using genetic, cellular and molecular approaches
  • Thoroughly understand concepts such as genetics, microbiology and animal behavior
  • Experience field work and sampling


Uniquely situated on the shore of Lake Superior, our ecology track offers unparalleled freshwater research and experiential learning opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to intern at UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute or National Estuarine Research Reserve, as well as many nearby organizations. Our facilities include a bee apiary where you can conduct research with honeybees while learning valuable beekeeping skills. In 2024, a floating classroom will be added – a state-of-the-art vessel on Lake Superior that will provide hands-on learning and research opportunities on the world’s largest freshwater lake.


The avenues available to pre-health biology majors are vast and diverse. Graduates prepare for careers in medicine, pharmacy, chiropractic care, veterinarian health, and much more. Many of our students say that the personalized support of our experienced and connected faculty was the key that enabled them to achieve their goals.

Choose from a number of focus areas based on your interests and future goals, including cell/molecular biology, ecology, aquatic biology, fishery studies, plant sciences, and pre-med/health. Through a major or minor in biology at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive background in biology that will prepare you to enter medical school or health care professional programs.
  • Understand and be able to conduct research using the latest techniques.
  • Thoroughly understand concepts such as genetics, microbiology, parasitology, and animal behavior.

International Students

STEM Designated Degree Program

For international students, this major is a STEM Designated Degree Program which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

When I came to UW-Superior, I was looking to join a family away from home, and that’s exactly what UWS has provided and more. If you’re looking for a family-like atmosphere in an academic or athletics program, UW-Superior is the place to be.

J’Vaun Walker, Biology

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

Biology majors work in a wide range of jobs ranging from health care settings to local government, research and pharmaceutical laboratories and much more. Many students continue their education in graduate or medical school, and others go directly into the workforce in labs or medical facilities.

Sample career opportunities include:

  • aquatic/fisheries biologist
  • audiologist
  • biology teacher
  • botanist
  • conservation warden
  • dental hygienist
  • dietician
  • ecologist
  • environmental health specialist
  • food inspector
  • forester
  • horticulturist
  • molecular biologist
  • museum/aquarium professional
  • natural resource and conservation manager
  • nurse
  • optometrist
  • physician

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Applying to UW-Superior is easy and free for undergraduate students. Once your application is submitted, you’ll hear from us within just a few days. We’re here to help you every step of the way with any questions you may have, so why wait? Start your application today.  

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