What will I learn?

The Department of Biology has established a number of partnerships with local, state, and regional environmental and aquatic science research centers, biotechnology firms, and allied health care institutions. These partnerships provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to interact with practicing scientists in a wide variety of professions including medical sciences, river studies, aquatic toxicology, fisheries biology, watershed studies, food science, and seed genetics to name a few. These opportunities are in the form of internships, job shadowing, and undergraduate research, some of which are university funded. Many of these experiences result in summer jobs and part-time employment for students.

Students develop a curriculum around specific career goals. Each student meets individually with their faculty adviser each semester. The diversity of the faculty in the department provides a wide array of both classroom and non-classroom opportunities for student learning.

Undergraduate research is an important part of the biology program and provides excellent opportunities for students to receive both individualized and unique learning experiences. Graduates of the programs in biology have traditionally been very competitive in the job markets and for entrance into graduate and other professional programs. In the last four years, 65% of biology majors have gone onto graduate or professional school, and 98% of the remaining students were employed within a year of graduation.

Core Requirements

BIO 105 General Biology

BIO 203 Organismal Biology

BIO 306 Genetics

BIO 307 Ecology

BIO 315 Cell Biology

BIO 341 Limnology

BIO 491 Capstone Seminar in Biology

MIC 230 Fundamentals of Microbiology

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Health

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 semester credits)

Tuition fees
US$18,130.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected February, September 2022


College of Science and Health

1725 State Street,



54601, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have completion of secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.

For international students

Applicant must have completion of secondary or post-secondary from institution.

English Language Proficiency

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 73 with IELTS score of 6.0 and PTE score of 54. In addition completion of ELS level 112 and completion of WESLI level 700 is required.

Priority application deadlines are 15 December for the January/Spring semester and 15 July for the September/Fall semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

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