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"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Ferra of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major


LSSU biology students hard at work
Qualified and Competitive!

Are you interested in:

  • How humans, other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, fungi, plants, protists, or bacteria work?
  • How these organisms fit together in ecosystems?
  • How we can enhance our beneficial uses of organisms?
  • How we can improve human health?
  • How we can improve environmental quality?
  • Do you want to work indoors, work outdoors, work at the microscopic level, at the global level or at any level in between?

If so, Biology may be for you!

A degree in Biology is one of the more versatile degrees you can get. Here are a few of the Biology careers our program helps prepare you for:

Would you like to:

  • Help protect the health of our communities?
    Then consider a career as a Biomedical Scientist:
    • Doctor,
    • Dentist,
    • Physician’s Assistant,
    • Clinical Lab Technician,
    • Pharmacist,
    • Optometrist,
    • Geneticist,
    • Public Health Officer,
    • Epidemiologist,
    • Veterinarian
  • Help protect our natural heritage for future generations?
    Then consider a career as an Ecologist:
    • Fisheries and Wildlife Scientist,
    • Endangered Species Specialist,
    • Forest Manager,
    • Ecosystems Scientist,
    • Aquatic Ecologist,
    • Marine Biologist,
    • Land Use Planner.
  • Help young people learn biology?
    Then consider a career as a Classroom Teacher:
    • Secondary Ed,
    • Elementary Ed,
    • College/University education.
  • Help build public awareness of biology?
    Then consider a career as an Informal Educator:
    • Tech Writer/Illustrator
    • Zoo/Nature Center Staffer
  • Help unlock the secrets of how organisms develop, grow and live and how ecosystems operate?
    Then consider a career as Research Scientist.


"LSSU's Biology program provide rigorous academics, extensive hands-on experience and professional development opportunities that create students who are highly qualified and competitive for jobs and graduate school positions."

--Ashley Moerke


Conservation biology student Harry Dittrich lays out a series of frames that will define biodiversity — and a bit of history — for visitors on a walking tour of Lake Superior's Point Iroquois. Dittrich is a seasonal intern for Julia Slabosheski of the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the historic lighthouse site about 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Visitors will learn about wooded, beach, and grassland habitats within the defined volume of five distinct biocubes set up around the lighthouse grounds. The eco-tour will also touch upon how humans have used the area's resources for thousands of years. Dittrich is using this biocube approach, coupled with time-lapse photography, on a separate research project that assesses damage from a 2012 wildfire that burned more than 21,000 acres. Read More... or visit his blog

Lake Superior State University's Fisheries and Wildlife Club has garnered the 2012 Most Active Student Subunit Award from the north central division of the American Fisheries Society for the 6th consecutive year. Gary Whelan, president of the north central division and fish production manager for the Michigan DNR, personally presented the award during a club meeting on March 7. Whelan and club members are shown here with the citation in the Fisheries and Wildlife Club house, one of LSSU's Living, Learning Communities. The AFS north central division stretches from the Rockies to the Appalachians, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mason-Dixon line. It includes six provinces and 12 states. There are 21 student subunits that compete for the award, and all but two of them have graduate programs. These awards are given to student subunits that are very active in fisheries research, education, outreach, and professional development. Shown accepting the award from Whelan are, from left, James VanOrman, Michael Gordon, Nick O'Neil (club secretary), David Lombardi, presenter Gary Whelan, Tyler Jackson (president), Matt Elya (treasurer), Jason Gostiaux (vice president), Addie Dutton, and Jeff Salvin.

Student Research...

Lansing, Michigan

Greg looked at whether stocked walleye could be hurting the yellow perch population in Waiska Bay near Brimley, Michigan. He used computer simulations to model how many fish the walleye consume each year. McClure concludes that walleye do have an impact on the yellow perch population, which warrants a need for further research.

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