We are Biology

Biology is the study of the organization and operation of life at cellular, organismal, and population levels. An understanding of biology leads to an appreciation of the complexity of the world of life and the role that human beings have within it. The department provides courses in biology that serve the needs of the general student as well as those specializing in the field. Students who concentrate in biology can design their programs to be the focus of a broad and liberal education, to prepare for graduate studies in a sub-discipline, to become certified as a secondary biology teacher, or to obtain pre-professional training in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields.



Karner Blue Butterfly Volunteer Outreach

The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, located in western Lower Michigan, is looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and management activities for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly in 2017.  Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys between mid-June and mid-August and to help plant native nectar species in September.  There are opportunities for individuals of all skill levels to participate.  Training will be provided.  Interested parties can volunteer during weekdays, for a few days, or a week or more. 

The assistance of volunteers is vital to meet our recovery goals for the Karner blue butterfly!  In 2006, we did not have the help of volunteers and were only able to monitor 298 acres of Karner blue butterfly habitat.  Thanks to volunteer participation, we now monitor an average of 955 acres per year!  In addition, volunteers have helped improve over 100 acres of savanna habitat!

Please choose to volunteer this year and help conserve a locally endangered species.  If you have already signed-up to volunteer this coming field season, thank you for being so generous with your time! 

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the 2017 field season, please contact me at 231-745-5831 or hkeough@fs.fed.us.  Also, please distribute the attached notice to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering.  Thank you!


Heather Keough


Second Annual Cell-ebration Was a Success

Our second annual “Cell-ebration!” Symposium, held on Friday, December 4th in the UM-Flint UCEN was a great success. The event featured posters from 125 biology students representing BIO 113 (Principles of Biology) students from four different DEEP locations as well as students in BIO 326 (Cell Biology) and BIO 501 (Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology).

UM-Flint Pairs with MSU, DNR to Study Impact of Feral Swine

Dr. Karmen Hollis-Etter of the UM-Flint Biology Department is one of several researchers from MSU, UM-Flint, and the DNR involved in a project to "learn more about one of the state's most potentially destructive invasive species: feral swine." 

UM-Flint Biology Professor and Students Conduct Lamprey Research

UM-Flint’s Department of Biology professor Dr. Heather Dawson recently conducted research with students on the Great Lakes Sea Lamprey. Her focus is on researching ways to improve management in an effort to protect native Great Lakes fish populations. This research has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Congratulations Biology! 2015 Kickball Champs

On July 16th several teams gathered along the Flint River on the grounds at the William S. White building to battle for the 2015-2016 Kickball Championship.  The weather was perfect for the friendly battle between departments.  In the end, only one team remained as the 2015 UM-Flint Kickball Champs.  Congratulations goes to the Department of Biology!  Nice teamwork, Biology!

Biology's Ann Niemann Retires

After 25 years at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Biology Department's Ann Niemann is retiring. She was one of four from the College of Arts and Sciences who were honored by Chancellor Borrego at a Retirement Reception held December 8th. Click "MORE" to learn about Ann's years of service to UM-Flint.