The Life Sciences Department offers courses that help you understand the living world from cells to ecosystems. Learn more about yourself and your world while taking classes for general interest, to transfer to a 4-year college or university, or to prepare for a variety of health programs.
Our courses are current, challenging, and fun. Students learn in a variety of ways ranging from lab exercises to independent projects to field trips. Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped. You might find yourself studying human anatomy in the cadaver lab, measuring body composition in the exercise science lab, doing gel electrophoresis in genetics, or observing pond animals in the WCC Nature Area.
We offer both non-majors and majors level introductory biology classes. The majors classes transfer to most 4-year college or university biology departments, and the non-majors class will satisfy one of requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement. In all, we offer 18 classes that will satisfy the MTA.
These research opportunities are available for undergraduates in Michigan. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Student Internship Programs (SIP), and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs (UROP) are usually advertised between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Award
- Plantgenomics for MSU
- REU Sites: Biological Sciences all NSF-funded REU’s
- University Research Opportunity Program UM
- Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment (WSU)
- Community College Summer Research Fellowship (UM)
- A Sampling of Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- Research experiences for undergraduates summer program: NSF REU (UM)
- Summer Research Opportunity Program – SROP (for non-UM undergraduate students)
- (Potential Bio-medical engineering research)
- The Community College Internship Program (CCI) (US Department of Energy)