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Earning acceptance into the graduate school of your choice feels good. Attending that graduate school free of charge, while also receiving a stipend, may seem too good to be true.

It is true, though, and we have the graduates to prove it. In just the past few years, we've put students into funded Ph.D. programs at prestigious schools like the University of Wisconsin, Michigan Tech University, Rutgers and North Carolina.

"I'm really pleased that our graduates with a passion for biology have had incredible success being accepted by some pretty high-powered programs," says Paul Pickhardt, Lakeland's Associate Professor of Biology. "If you pursue a masters or Ph.D. in biology, and you're applying to good programs, they will pay you to go to school."

We can help you get there

Whether your goal is to attend graduate school or land a job with your biology bachelor's degree, we will put you in position to succeed. We cover all the academic bases, guiding you through a wide array of classes ranging from genetics to molecular biology to chemistry and physics.

Lakeland's signature approach to education involves hands-on teaching and interactive learning. Our biology program is a testament to that, with application-based lab work that breaks the mold.

"In our environmental science courses, for example, our students go out in the field and do science as if they were actually professional biologists," says Pickhardt, a 2011 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award winner. "And across the curriculum, we try to emphasize that our labs aren't cookie-cutter like they are at other places. They're certainly not being taught by a grad student or teaching assistant."

Biology at Lakeland

From the ponds on our picturesque campus to the jungles of Belize, your biology journey at Lakeland University will provide you with opportunities near and far.

Every other May, a group of 10-15 Lakeland students travels to Belize for an interactive tropical biology course that emphasizes investigative research in a tropical rainforest. Students live in a lowland forest for nine days, plus study coral reef ecology on the reefs of Belize for a few days.

"If you asked all of the students who have made this trip, I think the response would be unanimous that it's a life-changing experience," says Pickhardt.


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