College of Letters and Sciences

BIOLOGY (Pre-biomedical Professions)

Bachelor's Degree Programs

If you’re interested in a health sciences career, you’ll find biology is one of the best majors for pre-med and pre-professional students.

At University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, our biological sciences department offers focused academic advising to ensure you’re prepared to enter the professional program of your choice.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in the life sciences while also developing the soft skills you’ll need to work with patients and colleagues. Pre-professional /pre-med students also have access to a range of elective courses.

4-year plan


What our Pre-Biomedical students do

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Participate in undergraduate research

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Gain hands-on experience through research and internships

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Learn and experiment in modern labs

Research and hands-on learning experiences

A major in biology with a pre-biomedical focus at UW-Whitewater will provide you valuable hands-on experience, including:

Undergraduate Research
Biology students, especially pre-med majors, are some of the most active researchers on the UW-Whitewater campus. Whether pursuing their own projects or working alongside a faculty member, our students often co-author papers and present at industry conferences. Explore research opportunities »

We encourage pre-med and pre-professional students to pursue an internship based on their career interests. UW-Whitewater students often intern at local hospitals, labs, universities, and government agencies and programs. Learn more about biology internships »

Campus and community involvement

As a biology pre-med major, you might be interested in participating in UW-Whitewater’s Science Outreach programming, or joining your classmates in the Pre-Health Associates of Today, Pre-Veterinary Club, or Beta Beta Beta, the biology honors society.

First-year students interested in biology (as well as chemistry, physics, or engineering) have the option to live in the Double Helix Learning Community.

Space and places: Our facilities

The UW-Whitewater Department of Biology is home to modern classrooms and research and instrumental labs filled with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our Natural History Specimen Collection in Upham Hall contains thousands of cataloged plant and animal specimens.

Explore our equipment and collections »

What our graduates do

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Practice medicine

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Teach college

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Lead research studies

Careers in Biology: What can you do with a Pre-Biomed degree?

The biological sciences offer a range of career opportunities. Students interested in the pre-biomedical professional emphasis are most often looking to work directly with patients or in research. After earning an advanced degree, our pre-med alumni have become:

  • chiropractors
  • dentists
  • medical doctors (in a variety of specialties)
  • nurses
  • optometrists
  • pathologists
  • pharmacists
  • physical therapists
  • physician assistants
  • radiologists
  • veterinarians

Graduate and professional schools
After earning their Bachelor of Science in biology, our pre-med majors were accepted into programs at schools such as:

  • Clemson University
  • Marquette University
  • Texas Tech School of Health Sciences
  • Tufts University
  • Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Westminster (London)
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

In addition to degrees in medicine, nursing, and other health professions, our pre-med students have also earned master's degrees and Ph.Ds in fields such as bioengineering, biotechnology, cytotechnology, ecology, education, entomology, microbiology, and pathology.

Our faculty

Biology faculty members are dedicated to student success and many are leading researchers in their field of study.

As a pre-med major, you’ll also get to learn from and interact with chemistry, physics, and other ecological and life sciences faculty members.


Meet our faculty

Want to learn more about earning a Pre-med Biology degree?
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Our pre-med majors have the option to choose a pre-professional certificate based on their interests — to specialize their degree program within several medical and health disciplines.

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Learn more about UW-Whitewater’s pre-health certificates »

To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater standard application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in biology.

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