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Why Study Biology - Field Biology?

Field biology is the study of plant, animal and bird behavior in nature. At UW-River Falls, our award-winning Biology Department offers a biology major option in field biology where you’ll have access to hands-on learning opportunities including relevant and interesting course options, internships and research work as early as your first semester.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the language and significance of scientific information in the field of biology.
  • Verify scientific knowledge and recognize the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Gain experience with modern research and scientific methods.
  • Develop proficiency with state-of-the-art equipment and data interpretation.


Types of Courses

  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Entomology
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Ichthyology
  • Identification of Plants
  • Ornithology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Wildlife Biology

Internships and other professional work experiences are highly encouraged at UW-River Falls. The Biology Department offers credit for practical work experience in laboratory, field or professional areas of biology. Longstanding connections between UWRF and a variety of internship hosts, including US Fish and Wildlife Services, Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of natural resources, the St. Croix Wetland Management District and more, provide an excellent foundation for student experiences.

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

With a biology – field biology degree, you’ll be ready for a career in wildlife and natural resource management. Examples of future roles include:

  • Ecologist
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • High School/Middle School Teacher
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist