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Program in Biology

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U-M scientists teach biodiversity using Museum of Zoology specimens

Students who completed the module showed a 74 percent increase in knowledge of biodiversity and museum research.

EEB undergrad feature: Pandelis’ research untangles driving forces behind snake skull evolution

"My passion for natural history and evolutionary biology ... has grown within the University of Michigan community, which has provided me with so many remarkable opportunities!” ~Greg Pandelis, U-M EEB undergraduate student

How Do I Choose a Major?

All prospective students are encouraged to visit us to learn more about the majors and minors we offer.  Our Peer Advisors can give information from a student perspective and no appointment is needed!  Staff and faculty advisors are also available (by appointment) to answer your questions. 

Note:  Interested students should start the biology introductory sequence as soon as possible to get a feel for the biology program at Michigan.  

How Do I Declare?

Once you have decided on what major or minor you wish to declare, you should make an appointment with a major advisor

You should have a major GPA of at least a 2.0 to declare a major (prerequisite courses for the major are included in the GPA calculation).  Be sure to meet with a major advisor or peer advisor early in your career to discuss the program and your plans.

You may declare before you finish all of the prerequisites, but an advisor may recommend that you take additional course work if you have not demonstrated an aptitude for the biological sciences.

How Do I Request a Major/Minor Release?

Major/minor releases can be requested online (without an advising appointment) for students who meet the following criteria:  (1) Declared Program in Biology or Neuroscience major or minor, and (2) LSA Online Audit Checklist is error-free.  [Note: If these do not apply to you, please make an advising appointment.]


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Welcome to the Program in Biology!

Our program represents a collaboration between the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) & Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (MCDB) and encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization.  Students can choose from an array of majors and minors (and a wide spectrum of career opportunities)! 


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