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Department Head Search

The NMU Biology Department is seeking an experienced leader to step into the role of Professor and Department Head.  We invite applications from individuals who are exceptional educators and scientists, with demonstrated effectiveness in managing programs and a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.


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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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Take our alumni survey!

Calling all Biology alumni!  Please help us improve our program by taking the alumni survey!  We want to know how things have been going since you graduated from NMU, and what aspects of your Biology degree benefited you most.


2021 Biology Faculty Award Winners

Faculty Award Winners

Huge congratulations to John Bruggink, Josh Sharp, and Diana Lafferty for winning awards that acknowledge their strong contributions to scholarship and teaching at NMU!

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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