Biology is the Study of Life


Biologists study how systems function in organisms at the cellular and molecular levels. They also study how organisms interact with each other and with their environment. The Department of Biological Sciences offers two undergraduate majors: a Biological Sciences major with a Standard or Cell and Molecular Biology option, and a Microbiology major with a Standard or Industrial Fermentation and Biotechnology option. If you have a strong interest in environmental science you may find UWM’s Conservation and Environmental Science major of interest as a possible double major.

Undergraduates can do research as early as their freshman year and become a part of amazing scientific discoveries.

Undergraduate Research

One of the advantages of studying biology or microbiology at UWM is the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty researchers and graduate students. You can work in a research lab and learn first-hand what it takes to become a scientist and take part in new discoveries. You will be part of a team working on ideas such as finding treatments for plant disease, identifying and analyzing frog communication patterns, studying how bacteria cause disease, and much more. Learn more about how you can get involved on our research page.


Job Outlook

There is broad demand for biologists and microbiologists in both the private and public sectors. Examples include farming, food processing, environmental stewardship, as well as in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. A degree in biology or microbiology also prepares you for professional schools like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science, in addition to advanced graduate studies in any of the life sciences areas.

You’ll Find UWM Biology Alumni at…

Many of our alumni work at local companies and research institutes such as the Blood Center of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Zoo, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Aurora Healthcare. Our graduates also have positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lockheed Martin, Abbott Laboratories, and many other corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.