Biology

As a Biological Sciences student you will become a well-informed leader in a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology. You’ll continue to develop your understanding and life-long enthusiasm for scientific discovery through hands-on learning—both inside and outside of the classroom.

Program Highlights

  • The Biological Sciences Department is located in The Sonderegger Science Center. This offers state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space to facilitate hands-on learning. 
  • Additional classrooms, labs, and research space are in Mazzuchelli Center, on the shore of Lake Wingra. You’ll have access to unique opportunities to step out of the classroom and get involved in research and projects that can impact the lake, its watershed, and the surrounding Madison neighborhoods. 

  • Student organizations include Achievement in Medicine, Wood’s Edge, and others. These groups offer you opportunities to build friendships, extend classroom learning, and engage in community outreach. 

  • There are many opportunities for students in Biological Sciences to travel and explore natural areas around the U.S. and abroad. Faculty in the department lead domestic trips to destinations such as the Mississippi Delta, Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, and the canyon country of Utah and Colorado. Short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities include programs in the Galapagos, Costa Rica, and Iceland. 

Career Outcomes

Our students go on to become doctors, physical therapists, physician's assistants, dentists, veterinarians, ecologists, foresters, environmental lawyers or advocates, biomedical engineers, bioethicists, science teachers, and find opportunities to serve in many other career areas.