Department of Biological Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! Through small class sizes, travel study, and a wide range of undergraduate research opportunities, our department offers rigorous scientific training to prepare students for a wide variety of careers ranging from field biologist to health professional and almost everything in between. Students may personalize their education by choosing from one of our five emphases. Please browse our website to learn more about our department and contact us to get additional information.
Biological Sciences Major Emphases
Cell Biology and Physiology Emphasis: Students in this emphasis choose from a number of classes that study form and function from the molecular to organismal level. Classes range from studying the inner mechanisms of cells in Molecular Biology to the impact of bacteria and viruses in Microbiology to the workings of the human body in Human Anatomy and Physiology. Most of the electives in this emphasis include hands-on labs to illustrate points from lecture and to learn new techniques that are applicable in the job market. (more information) (checklist) (4-year planning sheet)
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB) Emphasis: Students in this emphasis take a variety of courses in ecology, organismal biology, physiology, evolution, and animal behavior. Given the breadth of EEB, students take a core set of courses providing a foundation in the key principles underlying EEB fields, and then work closely with advisors to select directed upper-level curricula depending on particular interests. Many fields and career paths are possible in this emphasis, so course choices must be discussed with advisors to ensure they are appropriate for the student's intended field. Coursework often includes indoor and outdoor laboratory exercises, which provide hands-on experience. For some career paths, undergraduate research experience is also highly recommended. This emphasis is designed to give students a sound background in both theoretical concepts and applied knowledge. (more information) (checklist) (4-year planning sheet)
Honors Biology Emphasis: This rigorous emphasis is designed for students considering graduate school and/or a career in research. To be accepted into this emphasis, students must have a minimum of a 3.4 overall GPA. Students conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in Biology and write up their project in the form of a final thesis in their senior year. This emphasis does not require a minor. (more information) (checklist) (4-year planning sheet)
Marine and Freshwater Aquatic Biology Emphasis: As in the Ecology and Field Biology emphasis, students take a variety of courses in ecology and aquatic biology. These are frequently based around applied field and laboratory exercises. Students with this emphasis also must spend time studying abroad at Deakin University in Australia. While studying abroad, they take courses more focused on aquatic biology, but in particular marine biology. (more information) (checklist) (4-year planning sheet)
Pre-Biomedical Professions Emphasis: This emphasis is designed to provide students with the fundamental courses required for entry into medical school, graduate school in biological sciences, or entry into other health related professions such as nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and others. A minor is not required for this emphasis. (more information) (checklist) (4-year planning sheet)