Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

The Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (BEE) program offers an immersive and dynamic exploration into the intricate workings of the living world and the processes that drive biodiversity. Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to foster a deep understanding of ecological interactions, evolutionary mechanisms, and the impact of environmental changes on living organisms. Students will engage in hands-on fieldwork, cutting-edge research, and interdisciplinary coursework, preparing them for careers in conservation, environmental management, scientific research, fish and wildlife, applied plant sciences, federal agencies, industry, academia, veterinary medicine, and more. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories and diverse natural habitats, our BEE program provides the tools and knowledge needed to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Join us to become a part of a community dedicated to discovering and preserving the natural world.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on experience in coursework and fieldwork.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate participation in hands-on training that includes undergraduate research, faculty research programs, field experience and student organizations. Experiences may culminate in publishing papers and presentation at scientific conferences.
  • Dynamic curriculum designed to teach skills and knowledge on the cutting-edge of biological sciences
  • Faculty lead active research programs funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, U.S. Geological Service and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
  • High-demand for graduates with coursework that translates directly to requirements for career opportunities.

Program Distinctions

  • Biology faculty with an extensive record of research products that lead nationally recognized research programs related to biodiversity, ecology, and evolution.
  • Biology Tutoring Center that is open and available to all students on weekdays in the Robert H. Wick Science Building
  • Smart classrooms, technology-enhanced lecture halls, advanced laboratories and cutting-edge research laboratories in Wick Science Building.
  • Diverse faculty with focused research in invasive plants, ecological theory, fishes and evolution, algae and evolution, conservation and amphibians, and aquatic ecology.
  • This discipline is also available as a minor to complement another major. 

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Academia
  • Zoo and Aquariums
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Veterinary
  • Industrial/Wetland/Range Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ecological Consultant
  • Natural History Biologist
  • Biological Technician

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