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Program in Biology

News & Opportunities

Happy 30th Birthday to UROP! (Take a look at where research can lead.)

“UROP really promotes experience,” Tahra Luther (M.S. 2016) says. “You can only learn so much from books and attending classes. How else will you know if you want to go into this field, or something related, without actually trying it?”

The Evolution of Beauty: Dr. Richard Prum’s endowed lecture at UMBS

“Beauty is a coevolved attraction in which desire and the objects of desire have shaped one another,” said Prum. “Birds are beautiful because they are beautiful to themselves, and because they are active agents in their own evolution.”

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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We strive to support the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, Biology needs you—because the world needs Victors.

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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The Program in Biology receives announcements for volunteer opportunities, internships, employment, and much more.