Biology Students Study in Zambia

NMU students in Zambia

NMU students explored Zambia for a month this summer under the leadership of Dr. Alec Lindsay. Here they take a break from a hike to enjoy the view from atop Nyanje Mountain.  Their adventures are described in a blog that can be found here

News and Information

Biology Professor Receives State Award

NMU biology professor Alec Lindsay was selected as one of three Distinguished Professors of the Year by the President's Council of State Universities of Michigan. Read more

Students conducting field work in northern Canada

Students Help With Research

Graduate student Heather Toman and undergraduate Daniel Houvener spent a portion of this past summer dodging bears and forest fires in Canada's Northwest Territories to collect small mammals and the parasites that live inside of them. This work was part of an ongoing project in Dr. Kurt Galbreath's lab that is funded by the National Science Foundation to study the patterns and processes that shape biological diversity across the North.​ Read More.


New Beetle Habitat Created

Carrion beetles are commonly seen on roadkill along highways and streets. But did you know they can be used in a scientific lab, too? A new initiative on campus has established a habitat where the beetles are used to strip muscle tissue from small mammal carcasses so the skeletons can be more accurately studied in a laboratory. Check out more biology department opportunities here.

"A Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning"

Student Wins NMU Research Award

The 19th annual spring student symposium "A Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning" was held in April. Biology Graduate Student, Joe Wagner won an award for his poster presentation titled "An In-Depth Analysis of Winter Ice Conditions of Several Streams Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula."

New Master's Program

Students working in labThe new Master of Science in Post-Secondary Biology Education degree will equip graduates with the scientific and educational skills required to teach biology in the college setting, particularly in community colleges. Learn more here.

2014 Wildlife Society's Midwest Student Conclave

TWS GroupThe 35-member NMU chapter of the Wildlife Society worked for several months in preparation of being hosts to the 2014 Wildlife Society's Midwest Student Conclave, which was held in April. Read more here.

Do you have an interest in fish?

Get involved with the Aquatic Biological Society of Northern Michigan University.  

For more information check out their Facebook page here.

Academic Program Videos

Student talking about ZoologyStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the majors of Biology.


Fisheries & Wildlife Management 

Microbiology Emphasis 

Physiology Emphasis 

Zoology (Pre-Vet)

Employment in Biology

Faculty and Staff Positions click here

Student Opportunities click here

Student Research Funding

Student Research Funding
Are you interested in conducting research in the Biology Department with your faculty mentor?  There are several ways to obtain funding for your project!  Follow this link for more information...