Lakeland University's Biology program is a completely immersive journey towards knowledge of the roots of all matter and life. Our state-of-the-art laboratories, tools, and technology will prepare you with unlimited potential for a variety of careers.
In just the past few years, Lakeland University has placed 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."
Whether your goal is to attend graduate school or land a job with your Biology Bachelor's Degree, your Lakeland university education will put you in position to succeed. Our Biology program covers all the academic bases, guiding you through a wide array of classes ranging from Genetics to Molecular Biology, 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 as if they were 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 institutes. They're certainly not being taught by a grad student or teaching assistant."
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 and study coral reef ecology on the reefs of Belize for a nine 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.
Experiential education is just what it sounds like—gain real-world knowledge and earn your degree through a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you have prior work experience, want to get work experience but have a busy schedule, or are interested in our traditional Co-Op program, there is an abundance of opportunities to get credit for your work!