Be a part of the solution

Make it your job to investigate questions about life on Earth and discover ways to address the problems we face as individuals, communities, species and a planet. Turn your love for life and your curiosity into creative research exploring the ecosystems of the Southern Rockies or tiny worlds in Petri dishes, and bring your findings to the scientific community before you even graduate. The world opens up after that: resource conservation on public lands, medical research to advance cancer treatment, veterinary medicine to support ranching, or wherever your curiosity leads you.


Whether your interests lie in the bottom of a river or the bottom of a Petri dish, you’ll have opportunities to design and execute research projects that contribute to solving real world problems—not just rote lab assignments to learn procedures. Students work closely with faculty on their own research, and in support of faculty projects already underway.

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As a Biology student you can access a variety of departmental, foundation, and other scholarships, including the MARC U*STAR scholarship to support cultural diversity in research fields.

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Major in Biology

Majors choose from several paths depending on their interests. We offer a Biology major, with the option to pursue a general Biology degree tailored to your interests, or two concentrations to direct your course of study: Environmental & Organismal for students interested in studying ecology, botany, and wildlife biology; and Cellular & Molecular for those interested in life at a smaller scale: cells, proteins, and nucleic acids. We also offer a second major: Biology with Teaching Licensure, which prepares and credentials you to teach Biology in public K-12 schools.

Concentrations for Biology majors

  • The Environmental & Organismal concentration focuses on ecosystems as well as the flora and fauna that live in them.
  • The Cellular & Molecular concentration focuses study on what happens at the microscopic level: cells, bacteria, viruses, proteins and DNA.

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