The biology program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point immerses students in the study of living things including how life develops, functions and changes. Join us and learn how you can build a biological sciences career in fields such as education, private industry, government programs and medicine.

Biology Major

The biology major consists of a range of 55 to 62 credits, depending on the 100-level chemistry and cellular/molecular biology options taken.

Required biology core and collateral course:

  1. Intro biology sequence - BIOL 110, 5 cr and BIOL 111 or BIOL 130 and 160. 
  2. BIOL 210 - Principles of Genetics, 3 cr
  3. BIOL 270 - Principles of Evolution, 4 cr
  4. BIOL 305 - General Ecology, 3 cr
  5. BIOL 306 - Ecological Methods, 1 cr
  6. BIOL 490 - Senior Seminar, 2 cr
  7. One Physiology Course: BIOL 351 Plant Physiology, 4 cr or BIOL 381 Animal Physiology, 4 cr or BIOL 385 - Human Physiology, 4cr
  8. Cellular and Molecular Biology Course: BIOL 302 Cellular and Molecular Biology, 3 cr or BIOL 314 - Cell Biology, 4 cr and BIOL 320 Molecular Biology, 4 cr
  9. Chemistry Courses - CHEM 105 - Fundamental Chemistry, 5 cr and CHEM 106 Fundamental Chemistry, 5 cr or  CHEM 117 - General Chemistry Principles, 5 cr.  CHEM 220 Survey of Organic Chemistry, 4 cr or CHEM 325 - Organic Chemistry, 4 cr

  10. Mathematics Courses- MATH 11 - Applied Calculus, 4 cr or MATH 225 Calculus I, 5 cr or MATH 255 Elementary Statistical Methods, 4 cr
  11. Elective credits in biology, 12 cr. For full listing of electives refer to the Course Catalog: Biology Major
Students should consult with the Biology Department faculty when selecting courses required to fulfill the major.  Need help finding your way through UWSP and a biology major? Get major-specific advice on extra-curricular groups, networking opportunities, academics and career development through the Biology Major Map. Use this map as a resource to navigate the Biology major!

Explore Career Opportunities in Biology

Common areas of emphasis in biology include aquatic biology, biobusiness, biotechnology, botany, ecology/environmental, education, graduate work/research, horticulture, microbiology, natural history, pharmaceutical and biomedical sales, zoos and aquaria, and zoology. Students looking to advance in their profession after employment or enter graduate school, medical school, or veterinary medicine should consult their adviser about additional math, physics and chemistry coursework.

Get Involved on Campus

Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through research and field opportunities. There are outstanding collections of fish, herptiles, fossils, mammals, birds and plants. On-campus facilities for students include scanning and transmission electron microscopes, DNA sequencers, aquaculture labs, aquaria, greenhouses, and the only student-run vivarium in the state. The new Chemistry Biology Building also features a tropical conservatory. There are dedicated labs for molecular genetics, cell biology and plant physiology, human and animal physiology, plant taxonomy, human anatomy, higher vertebrates and lower vertebrates.

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Field courses take students off campus to American deserts from the Great Basin Desert to the Pacific Coast, and to the Big Island of Hawaii for fourteen days during winter break. These intense camping, hiking and learning experiences provide hands-on, living labs to apply and understand ecological principles.

Other off-campus facilities encompass 40,000 acres of private, county and state land available for study within 20 miles of campus, providing a great diversity of habitats for scientific investigations. The department is also home to two leading centers for aquaculture research, the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and Aquaponics Innovation Center.

Biology student organizations include the Herpetology Society, the campus chapter of the Tri-Beta Lambda Omicron National Biological Honor Society, the Pre-Med and Allied Health Club, and the Animal and Pre-Vet Club.

Meet Your Biology Professors

Our 25 faculty teach more than 500 biology students. Student-professor interaction is a high priority at UW-Stevens Point, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Most of our classes and labs are taught by a Ph.D.-trained instructor with expertise in the field, and we offer many opportunities for undergraduate research. Meet your professors!

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