B.S. Biology: Food and Ecology

As someone who eats, you’re a part of the food system – the entire set of actions that get food from farms to plates. Each step of the food system faces a number of challenges around environmental sustainability; public health; local, regional, and national economies; social justice; and more. If you’d like to work toward making a more sustainable, safer, and more equitable food system, a degree in Food and Ecology from Lake Superior State is a good place to start. The degree provides a strong foundation in Biology along with specialty areas in food production, policy, communications, or analytics.  You’ll also complete an internship with one of several organizations that work in the food systems area and you’ll complete a senior research project. This strong combination of concepts and hands-on experiences will  help prepare you for a career agro-ecology, food policy, advocacy, and other areas of sustainable food systems work.

Why Study Biology at LSSU?

At Lake Superior State University class sizes are small and labs are taught by faculty rather than graduate students, Our faculty are not only experts in their field of interest but are also dedicated teachers. Hands-on experience includes working with sophisticated laboratory equipment and the opportunity to work at many diverse terrestrial and aquatic field sites. Graduates of the department complete a capstone senior thesis or service-learning project which they design, implement, analyze, and present their findings on a topic of their choosing.


Hands-on Learning

Biology students at LSSU benefit from a low student to faculty ratio. Most upper level classes have 30 students or less and laboratory sections are often limited to less than 15 students. This affords the faculty time to interact individually with closely with students to ensure that they have the opportunity to apply the laboratory and field skills required of professional scientists.

Career Choices

  • policy analyst
  • community outreach coordinator
  • nutrition educator
  • research scientist
  • legislative liaison
  • communications specialist