Areas of Emphasis

Undergraduate students majoring in Aquatic Biology may choose between three distinct program emphases, each offering field and lab experience.

While our program does not offer a graduate degree, many Masters students in Biology focus their research and thesis work in aquatic sciences. Recent graduate theses have covered topics ranging from walleye population dynamics and wetland plant diversity to erosion and revegetation on the Lake Bemidji shoreline.

Undergraduate Emphases

Aquatic Systems

Aquatic biology as a discipline is as diverse as aquatic systems themselves. This discipline includes the study of lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, invertebrates, insects, fish, aquatic plants and more.

Fisheries Biology

Fisheries and aquaculture will be vital in the coming decades as our planet changes. This emphasis is interdisciplinary, drawing on chemistry, limnology, economics and much more, to explore a specific niche of biology.

Wetlands Ecology

Wetlands are areas with seasonal or permanent shallow surface water or water-saturated soils. They are becoming an increasingly important environmental issue, as approximately 52% of our nation’s wetlands have been lost. We are now beginning to comprehend the valuable role of wetlands in water management, plant and animal biodiversity and global nutrient cycles.

Wetlands Ecology is also available as a minor.