Michigan Life Sciences Colleges with Degree Program Overviews

Jul 28, 2019

Research life sciences programs in Michigan, which currently has 49 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two Michigan schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Schools in Michigan commonly offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in life sciences disciplines, such as biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, environmental biology, plant biology and zoology. Programs in broad fields of study, such as biology and zoology, often include concentration options. Although programs in the various life sciences disciplines have some common science courses, the concentrations chosen determine the types of specialty life sciences courses taken.


Michigan State University

Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Natural Sciences offers several life sciences degree options at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Life sciences degrees cover subjects, like molecular biology, microbiology, plant biology and zoology.

Those interested in studying biochemistry can earn pursue bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology or biochemistry and molecular biology/biotechnology. Students can enroll in the genomics and molecular genetics bachelor's program, or they can earn a plant biology bachelor's degree with one of three concentrations. Those interested in microbiology can earn a bachelor's degree in the discipline alone or in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology/Microbiology program with an ecological emphasis. Two zoology bachelor's programs are also available with seven concentrations.

MSU offers master's and doctoral degrees in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology and genetics, plant biology and zoology. In addition, doctorate students in all of these fields except plant biology can choose to further specialize in environmental toxicology.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor offers life sciences programs through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Biology degrees are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, and numerous concentrations are offered.

Students in the bachelor's program in biology, offered through the university's two biology departments, can pursue concentrations in cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary, microbiology, plant biology or neuroscience. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology offers master's degree programs and a doctoral degree program in biology. Students can choose to complete either the traditional or Frontiers master's degree program. Graduate students are required to choose an area of study and available options include biochemistry, cell biology, development, neurobiology and animal physiology, plant biology and microbiology.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Michigan State University 4-year, public; small city BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics,
BS in Microbiology,
BS in Environmental Biology/Microbiology,
BS in Plant Biology,
BS in Zoology,
BA in Zoology,
MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
MS in Microbiology and Genetics,
MS in Plant Biology,
MS in Zoology,
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
PhD in Microbiology and Genetics,
PhD in Plant Biology,
PhD in Zoology
$14,460 (undergraduate in-state), $39,766 ( undergraduate out-of-state)*
$18,132 (graduate in-state), $35,628 (graduate out-of-state)*
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 4-year, public; midsize city BS in Biology,
MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
$15,262 (in-state), $49,350 (out-of-state)*
$23,456 (graduate in-state), $47,006 (graduate out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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