Biology

Biology Students Collecting Samples

The Biology Department offers a variety of courses and experiences that enable students to learn fundamental biological principles and processes while also pursuing their own unique interests.

  • The core biology curriculum provides students with a broad overview of biology to include: the diversity of organisms, the cellular, molecular and biochemical mechanisms that unify living systems, and a strong foundation in human biology, genetics and evolution.
  • Selection of advanced courses can be tailored to meet the student's individual career objectives.
  • Laboratory courses expose students to the investigative process of science through experimentation and training in current laboratory techniques — giving them the hands-on experience they'll need to succeed.

The Biology major is appropriate for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the biological sciences, cytotechnology, forensic science, health care (including pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, physician's assistant), or for those seeking entry-level employment in the biological sciences or biotechnology.

Students majoring in Biology must complete 32 biology credits in addition to coursework in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Math and the Humanities.

Program Outcomes

Not only is diversity an important concept in biology, but it's the foundation of a student's experience learning about it here.

Students learn all forms of biology - molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological and evolutionary - and can  build on this through a variety of elective courses in human or organismal biology, field biology or molecular genetics.  In addition to building a knowledge base in biology, students are trained to become creative problems solvers with skills in oral and written communication.

Upon completion of the Bachelor's Degree in Biology, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the process of science in an ethical manner through observation, hypothesis testing and experimentation.
  • Use quantitative analysis to interpret biological data.
  • Apply foundational scientific concepts to interpret biological phenomena.
  • Effectively communicate biological concepts and interpretations.
  • Identify and evaluate the social and historical dimensions of biological problems.
  • Correctly and safely perform common biological laboratory and/or field techniques in a lab/field course or independent research project.

Formats and Locations

The B.S. in Biology is offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus, with some courses offered in an accelerated format online.

Application to the program (traditional undergraduates only)

Traditional undergraduate students must first be accepted to St. Scholastica. Visit our traditional undergraduate admissions section for more information.

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Kara Thoemke, Ph.D., Program Chair

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Sciences
Science Building, Room 2129
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-7081
Email: kthoemke@css.edu