Biology is a great field of study and Lake Superior State University is a great place to study it. Whether you’re interested in natural resources ecology, human biology, medical lab sciences, genetics, anatomy, physiology, plants, animals, microbes, indoor or outdoor biology, our program offers a number of unique advantages for undergraduate students. "Serious Work by Serious Students"
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Our biology program provides an excellent background for student who want to work in biomedical sciences (physician, dentist, pharmacist, optometrist, etc.), field ecology, laboratory work or many other areas. It features a sound footing in concepts and theory across the biological sciences along with lots of hands-on experiences in lab and in the field. It’s a flexible program that lets you select the specific classes that best suit your interests and needs. Students in the BS Biology program complete a senior thesis research project and a university approved minor.
Pre-Professional studies (e.g., “pre-med”)
Our biology program is an excellent way to prepare for entry into Medical School, Dental School, Veterinary School, Optometry School, Pharmacy School, and other professional studies programs. Biology students work with a pre-professional advisor to select the classes that best suit their needs while providing a well-rounded Biology degree. We have a good record of placing students in top-ranked professional schools.
Is LSSU a good place to begin training as a veterinarian? "Our pre-professional advisor knows all the ins and outs of applying to all the professional schools and provides excellent advice for that. Our pre-professional society (the student group for pre-professional students) is very active in ways that helps students enhance thier applications to professional schools. We have had a number of our students go on to vet school, last year our two applicants into vet school ended up going to Michigan State University and Purdue. This year of the six students that applied to professional schools, all six got it. But i want to emphasize that it's up to each individual student to gain the experience they need to have the best chance of success in veterinary or any other professional school. Our program helps, but it's up to the individual student. Our small classes, our individualized attention, our academically rigourous programs, our collaborative atmosphere, our senior thesis program all can help you prepare yourself for application to professional schools." -- Gregory Zimmerman, Prof and Dept Head
The Bachelor of Arts option is designed for students who want a more flexible program that would be suited for careers in biologically oriented businesses, as a tech writer, or in other situations that require a more general but perhaps less technical background. The B.A.degree requires 8 credits in a single foreign language.
B.S. Medical Laboratory Sciences
Our Medical Laboratory Sciences program provides an excellent background for students who want to work in a medical support setting such as analyzing blood samples in a hospital or clinic. Students in the BS Medical Laboratory Sciences complete a year-long internship at an approved medical facility.
B.S. Conservation Biology
Our program repares students for careers where
they can make a contribution to
mitigating wide-ranging challenges
such as invasive species, altered
landscapes, species extinctions,
or the restoration of degraded
aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Our selection of rigorous field
based courses in watersheds, soils,
forestry, ecology (general, fish,
wildlife or plant), and organisms
ichthyology, or entomology) offers
an unparalleled set of foundational
courses in the natural sciences.
Combining this coursework with
interdisciplinary courses in social
dimensions, political science,
communication and GIS technology
adds the breadth needed to
integrate biological, economic, and
policy issues in the formulation
of sustainable solutions. Electives
allow students to tailor the
program to their interests and
sustainable solutions. Electives
allow students to tailor the program
to their interests and career goals.
Students may choose as a capstone
experience a summer semester
internship working in a professional
capacity in conservation biology,
or a senior thesis research project.
Students will be prepared for
careers or for graduate work in
conservation biology or a broad range of related areas.
B.A. Conservation Leadership
Our program prepares students for careers in
global, national and community
environmental conservation and
advocacy programs. This multidisciplinary
a strong core in the biological
sciences with classes in
geographic information systems,
communications, business and
economics, and political science.
Students also take a year of
foreign language, and students are
encouraged to gain international
experiences. The program is
flexible, allowing students to select
classes that best match their
educational and career goals.
Students conclude their program
by completing an environmentally
related service learning project for
an environmental organization,
unit of government, or business.
Lake Superior State University's Biology 337 ecology class poses with an unexpected find they made along a Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, public hiking trail. Professor Greg Zimmerman discovered the "Himalayan Touch-Me-Not" after his class conducted a biomass sweep through the city's Minneapolis Woods area. Students subsequently pulled all of the plants they could find as a service project. Zimmerman hastens to add that the illegal alien should not be confused with the region's "Spotted Touch-Me-Not" or "Jewelweed," a perfectly welcome native plant.
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