Daryle Waechter-Brulla, Chair
Biological Sciences Department
About the Programs
Outstanding facilities, innovative faculty members and a nationally recognized undergraduate research program make the Biological Sciences Department an excellent choice for students interested in a career in the sciences.
Hands-on learning is at the heart of the department. Students are able to collaborate with faculty members on research projects with the possibility of co-authoring articles in national scientific publications. A variety of internship opportunities are also available, including positions with the National Institute for Health and the National Science Foundation.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in on-campus organizations including Beta Beta Beta national biological honor society, Pre-Health Associates of Tomorrow and Helping Hands.
The department encourages global perspectives and study abroad opportunities are available in Spain, England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Germany and Scotland. Students in the marine and freshwater aquatic biology program spend a year studying in Australia.
Students will find plenty of opportunities for field studies in the nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest and in the campus nature preserves.
Graduates enter a wide range of fields. These include work in traditional health-related programs (medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, cytotechnology), and at biotechnology companies. Students have also pursued graduate degrees in cell and molecular areas (i.e., microbiology, genetics) as well as "green" programs (ecology, evolution and water resources). Many students have become teachers while others enter the workforce directly after graduation doing laboratory research, industry sales and technical support or quality control.