Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

As a Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution major you will join a preeminent natural science program with coursework that includes a breadth of topics at the cutting edge of recent biological advances. You will study the biology of organisms, including how they live, interact, evolve and adapt over time. Coursework in this major offers educational experience that will prepare you for a variety of careers in scientific research, conservation, federal agencies, industry, academia, veterinary, and more. 

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 who complete advanced work.

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

University Facts & Stats

  • 94% of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution graduates employed

This is an approved program within the Minnesota Transfer Pathway System.

  • Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035

  • Student volunteers collect 1,200 pounds of garbage each year along the Mississippi River

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered

  • $600,000 National Science Foundation grant helps support students who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers

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