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Biology is the scientific study of life--something of interest to everyone.

At the University of Michigan, undergraduate coursework and majors in biology are offered by the Program in Biology. The program is operated jointly by the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB).

Prospective undergraduates interested in tours or MCDB fields, please contact the Program in Biology.


Students who are interested in any of the Program in Biology majors or the academic minors are encouraged to meet with a major advisor early in their academic career. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major in the biological sciences.

For more information or to arrange advising appointments, see the Program in Biology Advising page.

Student Research

Independent research is an opportunity to take an active role in studying what you enjoy! Students participate in a lab, field, or modeling project in which they themselves have a say in the design, implementation, and interpretation of experiments. Students will meet regularly with their mentors as well as gain exposure to the scientific literature of the field. Hints on how to find a project, as well as policies and the Independent Study Enrollment Request are on the Program in Biology site.

Student Organizations

The University of Michigan Society of Biology Students is an organization of students interested in the Biological sciences. Being a biology major is not a requirement; it is open to any undergraduate student at the University. Please visit the Society of Biology Students site to learn more.