Majors & Programs of Study


The department provides undergraduate programs in biology with emphases in botany, forensics, teaching, and zoology. Prescribed course work in the department supports the general education program of the University, builds a solid basis for graduate or professional study, prepares public school teachers, and provides the instructional foundation necessary for careers in many fields.


  • Botany, Education, Forensics, or Zoology Emphases
  • Outstanding record of student placement in professional schools
  • Academically diverse faculty
  • Excellent opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Modern molecular and physiology labs
  • Wide diversity of course offerings
  • Opportunities to interact with local resource managers


Possible careers include work in research and development, industry, public health, state and federal governments, etc.


Biology advising is done by academic advisors and faculty members, providing each student with a personalized plan for academic and professional success.


  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)
  • American Students Dental Association (ASDA)
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
  • Physician Assistant Club (PA)


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Vicki Tyler

Graduated: 2002 Double Major
Biology/Zoology & Communications/Public Relations

Current job: Natural Resources Specialist,
Bureau of Land Management

"I would put my education at SUU up against almost anyone’s! I loved the undergraduate research opportunities and feel I had the opportunity to do some research that most students only get to do at a graduate level. If I could pinpoint one thing that I really learned from ALL the professors in the SUU biology department, it was “application” - putting those things we learned to use in the real world. This alone has benefited me more than you will ever know, and has enabled me to compete for a variety of wildlife/biology related jobs. Keep up the good work SUU!"

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