Undergraduate Studies

Why Major in Biological Sciences?

Our degree programs teach critical thinking skills and prepare you for a wide variety of careers -including medicine, dentistry, research, biotechnology, pharmacy/pharmacology, public health, and environmental and sustainability studies.

We provide instruction in the diverse disciplines that make up modern biology. A major emphasis of our degree programs is to familiarize students with the practice of designing, performing and analyzing biological experiments; toward this goal, stand-alone laboratory courses taught by faculty are a central component of the curriculum for each major. 

Ready to Apply?

Students wishing to major in the Department of Biological Sciences should complete a Declaration of Major form and submit it electronically or to the Department of Biological Sciences office (Wehr Life Sciences 109). Electronic submissions must be sent via the student's marquette.edu email address. Generally, the process takes 3-5 business days but may require more during high volume times.  A message will be sent to your Marquette email once the declaration is complete.


The Department of Biological Sciences offers or participates in six different majors, five which lead to a B.S. degree and one which leads to a B.A. degree.

Student Learning Outcomes are the skills that students are expected to master and demonatrate. With the successful completion of a degree in the Biological Sciences, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in biology, with a deeper understanding in specific areas of interest.
  • Apply knowledge of scientific methods and experimental design to solve biological problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills in analyzing biological data, demonstrated through written and/or oral presentations.

Find out more about the undergraduate experience and apply to become a Marquette student at Explore Marquette.

If you have a question about our program or want to visit us, send an e-mail to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Tom Eddinger.