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Week of Diversity in STEM

The Biology Department, in collaboration with several other departments and student organizations at NMU, is coordinating a celebration of the many ways that individuals from diverse walks of life contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Be sure to join in the festivities during the week of Feb. 7-11, 2022!  And in the meantime, start making plans to enter our Diversity in STEM Art Contest!



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Assistant Professor Search - Anatomy and Physiology

The Department of Biology invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  We seek a colleague who is passionate about teaching anatomy, physiology, and related disciplines, and who will develop an active, student-centered research program that engages and challenges undergraduate and graduate students alike.


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Undergraduate Degree Programs

NMU's Department of Biology offers its students an array of hands-on learning opportunities in each of its undergraduate programs. Students engage in biology research through classwork and laboratories, research projects, and independent experiences with faculty mentors. 

NMU Biology offers the following bachelor's degree programs: 


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Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Biology offers its students three different graduate degree programs, each providing a unique and immersive learning experience. The master's degrees available include: 

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Cassidy Downing

"I traveled to the Monongahela National Forest last summer with a field crew from the Northern Museum of Zoology. We did small mammal trapping that led to my trapping of a rare rat in the area that we are currently publishing a paper on."

Cassidy Downing

Biology major, ecology concentration


Biology courses emphasize fundamental concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and community levels. Our many laboratory and field courses provide students with first-hand experience in understanding biological concepts, thus furthering their understanding of life.


The Biology Department is active in a variety of biological research programs led by our faculty. In many cases, both undergraduate and graduate students participate in this work. Students also get access to research opportunities through the numerous student organizations affiliated with the biology department. 

Fantastic Faculty

Our biology instructors are second-to-none. NMU's full-time professors specialize in topics including but not limited to cancer research, conservation genetics,  evolutionary biology, and neurobiology.

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you. Contact us in person, find out about giving to the department, or reach out using the email or phone number below.

Biology Department
Northern Michigan University
2001 New Science Facility
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Phone 906-227-2310

Fax 906-227-1063

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The Biology Department provides high-caliber learning opportunities to advance knowledge of living organisms, promote critical thinking, and hone skills in scientific communication, research, and science-based inquiry.

Biology Mission