Biology: The Study of All Life Forms
The Biology Program at Alma College introduces students to the study of life and provides abundant opportunities for individual research. General offerings include genetics, physiology, microbiology, botany and ecology. More advanced courses are offered in animal behavior, aquatic biology, immunology, evolution and more.
Alma College is a great place to start for careers in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science; biotechnology; biological research; environmental biology, and high school biology teaching. Career opportunities for graduates of the biology program span the professions in health, ecology, natural resources and teaching. Alma’s program also provides strong preparation for graduate school. Alma alumni are working as environmental consults, epidemiologists, naturalists, physicians, cancer researchers, botanists and teachers.
Great Things about Alma’s Biology Department
Lab experiences accompany almost all biology courses. Lab sections are kept small, with no more than 24 students at a time.
Students do lab work in the spacious Dow Science Center, which provides a greenhouse and impressive array of equipment.
The Biology Department supports students enrolled in pre-medicine and pre-dentistry programs and students interested in veterinary science.
The Alma College Ecological Station
A major resource for student research is the 200-acre Alma College Ecological Station, located in the northeast corner of Montcalm County in Vestaburg. The Ecological Station covers almost 200 acres of mixed hardwood forest, open woodland, a willow march, and a bog.
Located on the property are a 1,600-square-foot research facility, a 70-foot observation tower, four-acre Davis Lake, a 75-foot boardwalk, interpretive trails and the Alma College Bird Observatory. The station is used for biology lab field trips and collaborative biological research. Read more.