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Biology (BS)


The intricacies of life reveal a vast world of science and discovery and, at SVSU, that world is meant to be explored. Biologists are those adventurers that study phenomena in the natural world endeavoring to understand the diverse processes of life. From understanding essential mechanisms of living systems to garnering a broad foundation in selected areas of interest—the SVSU Biology program is eager to help students embark on their next big scholarly endeavor, such as medical or graduate school. With classes that are small and focused, students receive the benefit of personalized instruction and training throughout their collegiate experience. The program's full-time faculty are committed to deeply engaging students and providing a welcoming and supportive environment for academic research and professional development. Our program understands that the road to discovery starts when students take their first step to applying to SVSU, and it's our goal to see their passion for science blossoms with each additional step.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU's 782-acre campus also contains an ecological research area where a variety of biological fieldwork is performed. 

  • SVSU established the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute which focuses on the environmental science and citizenry of the Saginaw Bay area and features a strong pool of student interns.

  • SVSU has a Wetlands Preserve which provides a natural habitat for wildlife, including rare birds, and serves as an educational facility for biology students and professors.  

  • Biology majors have the chance to be one of 10 students accepted into the Roberts Fellowship Program which is a leadership development initiative that culminates in a trip to Asia.

SVSU’s biology program offers a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and physics courses as well as a comprehensive set of advanced biology courses with a specialized bent towards medical content and research. Life as a biology major includes labs, in-class instruction and fieldwork. Students will receive a competitive and comprehensive education to prepare them for the future of a biology career.

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Spectrum Health Medical Group
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center
The Dow Chemical Company
VCA Clinton Township
Evergreen Physical Therapy

Graduate Programs

University of Michigan
Michigan State University

Career Opportunities

Physician of Infectious Diseases
Medical Technologist
R&D Technologist
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Pharmacy Manager
Physical Therapist/Clinic Director

  • 6% projected growth for employment of biological science teachers through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $49,021 is the median yearly pay for a biologist in the U.S. in 2019. ( Salaries)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s biology program, students are ready for a multitude of careers including those that take place in industry and laboratories, private research institutions, public health departments, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities.

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Cole Pero

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Miranda Strasburg

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.