Students who have specific biology interests, plan on a particular biology career, or those who plan to enter a graduate or professional school generally pursue the comprehensive biology major with an area emphasis, thereby focusing their educational experiences. Students may select an emphasis and pursue a biology comprehensive major only after earning a C- or better in the following foundational courses (or their equivalents): BIOLOGY 1020, BIOLOGY 1650, and BIOLOGY 1750. Available emphases are shown below.
If you are interested in a career in health care consider the biohealth/physiology emphasis. Whether you plan to be a medical doctor or dentist, a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner, or a physical therapist, chiropractor, or a nurse, or are unsure of a specific biohealth career path, the coursework within this emphasis is designed to prepare you for the next step of your education. Learn more about the specific requirements of the biohealth/physiology emphasis.
To borrow a well-worn phrase: the world is green. It should not be surprising then, that job opportunities in the broad field of botany are diverse and many. Botanists can work as plant pathologists, park rangers, or as field botanists or extension agents, to name just a few possibilities. This emphasis provides students with a broad background in botany, and yet also offers the flexibility to be tailored to suit specific interests and career goals. Learn more about the specific requirements for the botany emphasis.
Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells that have been obtained from body tissues. Specifically, cytotechnologists learn to identify cellular abnormalities that may be the earliest signs of disease, including cancers. Cytotechnologists are often employed by hospitals and medical clinics. If you are a detail-oriented person, enjoy working with microscopes, and are interested in working in the health-care field, a career in cytotechnology may be for you. Learn more about the specific requirements for the cytotechnology emphasis.
Ecology is an immense field of study that is truly multi-disciplinary and our ecology emphasis reflects that. Students emphasizing ecology at UW-Platteville learn to collect and integrate information from atoms to ecosystems and everything in between. In addition to necessary coursework—much of it utilizing our outstanding on-campus field sites, our students are provided opportunities to get practical experience through summer positions or independent research. Learn more about the specific requirements for the ecology emphasis.
Our understanding of processes occurring at the cellular and sub-cellular levels has led to a multitude of biological advances, with new developments occurring daily. To put it simply, molecular biology and the world of genetics have had profound effects on how we all live life on Earth in every conceivable way. If being a part of this cutting edge branch of biology is appealing to you, then you should consider the molecular/genetics emphasis. Learn more about the specific requirements for the molecular/genetics emphasis.
Teaching is a truly rewarding profession. It is also a profession that comes with significant responsibility. The act of educating the next generation is one to be taken with seriousness. For science teachers in particular, the importance of accurately educating students on the process of science simply cannot be overstated. If you are passionate about biology, if you enjoy sharing your passion with others, you should consider teaching as a career. Learn more about the specific requirements for the secondary education emphasis.
If you think you might like the idea of working with animals, or studying animals, or conserving animals, you’re not alone. As animals ourselves, most of us tend to have an inherent fascination with other animals (especially other vertebrate animals) and many people like the idea of a career that involves animals. Fortunately, those careers do exist. Learn more about the specific requirements for the zoology emphasis.