Biology is a vibrant program at Northern Michigan University. The Biology Department offers students well-respected academic programs to fully prepare them for exciting careers. Our degree programs include seven bachelor's and three minors. We have a general biology major; specialized biology majors with concentrations  in botany, ecology, microbiology, physiology, or zoology; a major in Fisheries and Wildlife Management for those interested in natural resources management careers and a secondary education biology major for those interested in teaching. Students can also pursue the exciting new field of neuroscience by choosing the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration in the interdisciplinary Neuroscience major. Our minor programs in biology, human biology and secondary education can complement a wide variety of majors. 

Freshman fellow working with faculty mentee to complete researchA special aspect of the biology program at Northern is that students, at all levels, can be involved in hands-on research and community activities. The local environment (and even ones in far-flung places like Maine and Africa) is truly an extension of the classroom at NMU. Students get to take full advantage of the rich resources of our region to enhance their studies.

On this website, you will find information that will help guide you through the advising  process in order to fulfill your degree requirements. We’ll provide professional resources so you will be well prepared to pursue your future career. In addition, the site is designed to offer resources to assist you in locating other NMU offices and organizations where you can receive academic and general assistance and support. There are many extracurricular activities to help enrich your experience while attending Northern.

NMU’s biology faculty and staff take pride in giving personal attention to our students. We want to be able to answer your questions and refer you to other areas for support, if needed. Our goal is to enlighten you on the many career opportunities in the biology field and related pursuits and provide you with the education needed for your employment and personal goals. Stop by and visit to learn more about biology opportunities at Northern.

Forms for the biology department can be found here.