Explore life as a biology major at UW-Platteville
At University of Wisconsin-Platteville, you can experience all the intricate aspects of biology and gear up for a career in research and development, ecology, biotechnology, business, zoology, healthcare, and more.
Study life in all its forms under the guidance of our esteemed faculty in the UW-Platteville Department of Biology. The biology core classes cover a wide variety of subjects from the micro to the macro-scale.
In addition to on-campus coursework, members of the UW-Platteville Biology Department frequently lead students to biologically unique regions both within the United States and abroad. These courses set UW-Platteville apart from other biology schools and present an opportunity to explore new environments and engage in in-depth, hands-on, experiential learning. These experiences often provide a lifetime of memories.
Outside the traditional Biology program curriculum, you can build on your experience through student clubs and organizations, or undergraduate research in exciting areas such as bat populations, freshwater streams, or stem cells. Plus, we offer a wide variety of campus programs like STEM Living Learning Communities, mentoring, tutoring, and support programs that allow you to create a student experience that helps you reach your goals.
Discover Your Field of Interest
Our emphasis areas allow you to pursue a more specific field of interest within biology
- Health Sciences
- Nursing Emphasis
- Secondary Education (Non-Licensure)
If you’re only interested in biology, you can receive a General Emphasis with a flexible set of biology electives or a comprehensive emphasis, which provides a range of biology experiences.
Careers in biology
Studying biology provides the foundation needed to pursue advanced degrees and medical licensure, or to work in office, clinical, laboratory, or even outdoor settings. Emphasis areas and pre-professional programs allow you to choose the path that best fits your interests and prepare you for your future career.
Good biology college programs such as UW-Platteville prepare students for a range of exciting career opportunities, including the following:
- Biological technicians
- Biological scientist
- Biomedical engineer
- Clinical laboratory technician
- Forensic science technician
- Pathology assistant
- Zoologist and wildlife biologist
- Environmental science and protection technician
- Agriculture and food science technician
- Medical technologist
- Nuclear medicine technologist
- Research scientist
- Pharmaceutical sales representative
These careers represent just a sampling of the most popular occupations for people who study biology. While some of these roles require advanced degrees, many of them are available to four-year degree holders who have completed biology university coursework. Another option is to pursue a career as a doctor or other licensed medical professional by attending medical school.
Discover by Doing
There are a variety of research projects and other experiential opportunities in which you can engage to enhance your learning. These opportunities are available to everyone, including biology undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor, as well as those in the master’s and pre-professional programs.
Engage with other biology students and expand your horizons in the world of biology. Explore first hand, participate in field trips, research seminars, and presentations.
Biology Student Research
Students and faculty at UW-Platteville are researching an animal that some Platteville residents might be surprised to learn they have in their own backyard—the southern flying squirrel.
Collaboration makes goal of health care career a reality
Students, like Felicia Holmes, are finding a way to reach their health care career goals, while keeping their education affordable and close to home.
Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health
RUSCH is a pre-med pipeline program designed to select and nurture students who show an interest in practicing medicine in rural and urban underserved areas of Wisconsin.
Peer Mentor Program
The Biology Peer Mentor Program at the UW-Platteville matches freshman biology majors with upperclassmen in small peer mentor groups to help you schedule classes, build strong friendships with peers, gain professional skills, and be a part of a welcoming, collaborative learning environment.