Campus Address

(September — April)

2541 Chemistry Building
930 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005

Phone: (734) 763-4461
Fax: (734) 647-1952



Douglas Lake Address

(May — August)

9133 Biological Road
Pellston, MI 49769-9133

Phone: (231) 539-8408
Fax: (231) 539-8785

The U-M Biological Station Coursework and Community

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), founded in 1909, is one of the world’s finest inland field stations for education and research in biological and environmental sciences. Surrounded by coniferous and deciduous forests, the Biological Station occupies a 10,000-acre tract between Burt and Douglas Lakes in lower Northern Michigan. Located in the transition zone between coniferous forests to the north and deciduous forests to the south, it is surrounded by a remarkable variety of natural communities. It is an ideal setting for studying topics related to the natural environment.

The UMBS curriculum focuses on ecology, systematics, field biology, and environmental studies, and courses are taught during Spring and Summer half terms. Two courses of college biology are typically re-quired for admission to UMBS courses, all of which are either upper level or graduate level. The station serves as a tight-knit community, where students, faculty, and researchers interact on a daily basis in classrooms, laboratories, at meal tables, and at various recreational activities. Many past participants call their time living and studying at the Biological Station a truly magical and life-changing experience.

The Biological Station offers students and faculty an opportunity to study together the biota of the regions with a full appreciation of the dynamics of the natural systems involved. The small community of students, faculty, and scientists shares knowledge during meal and recreation times as well as in the classroom, field, and laboratory..

Formal coursework is offered in both a four-week spring term and an eight-week summer term. Classes are taught by the Station’s dedicated faculty, who concurrently carry out their own research projects. Enrolled students typically earn 5 credits in the spring and 10 credits in the summer, taking courses in all aspects of field biology such as limnology, entomology, parasitology, mammalogy, general ecology, evolution, ornithology, phycology, ichthyology, and terrestrial and aquatic sciences. Each formal course occupies the entire days assigned to it. Field work is supported by modern equipment, vehicles, boats, laboratories, and a fine library. Field work is sup-ported by modern equipment, vehicles, boats, laboratories, and a library. There are typically about 150 students per season in these courses.

Be sure to request the most recent copy of the UMBS Bulletin for a complete list of courses. 

Majors in Biology or General Biology

It is recommended that students with majors in Biology or General Biology give serious consideration to spending a summer at a field station, especially the University of Michigan Biological Station. The training and experience provided are particularly valuable for students interested in ecology, systematics, animal behavior, and evolutionary biology and are especially relevant to the EEB major..

Many courses offered at the Biological Station can be used as part of a plan for the major in Biology or Plant Biology with approval from a department advisor.


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