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Biology Department

Biology in the broadest sense is the study of life. It is a diverse subject and understanding it requires a background in all the sciences. The biologist must understand the basics of physics, chemistry, math and the social sciences as they relate to living systems. They must also be able to synthesize that knowledge to understand the living world, a world that is both remarkably unified and wonderfully diverse.

Chair: Daniel Westholm, Ph.D.

Biology major

Students majoring in biological sciences complete a core curriculum in biology, chemistry, math and physics. A major in biology requires 34 biology credits. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in biology courses and a minimum grade of "C-" in supporting science courses to complete the requirements for the major. Students should work closely with their faculty advisor to design a suitable academic course plan. By completion of the sophomore year, all students who intend to major in biological sciences must declare the major.

All biology majors are required to complete the following core curriculum:

  • BIO 1115, 1116, 1125, and 3500
  • Biology electives to equal 34 total biology credits, chosen with advisement.
  • CHM 1110, 1120, 2200, 2210, 3240*
  • PSC 2001, 2002*
  • MTH 2221 or PSY 3331*
  • The student must consult catalogs of desired graduate or professional schools for any special requirements.
  • *See below for biology secondary education, chemistry, physics, and math requirements.

Secondary teaching preparation:

  • BIO 1115, 1116, 1125, 2510, 2520, 3100, 3500, 4170 plus 4 additional credits to equal 34 biology credits. Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of BIO 4170 elsewhere may be required to take a course with a research component.
  • CHM 1110, 1120
  • MTH 1111
  • PSC 1202, 4750, 2001, 2002
  • NSC 3335 - must take as a co-requisite with NSC 3333. NSC 3333 - must take as a co-requisite or as a prerequisite for EDU 3800.
  • General requirements for secondary licensure as listed in the Education section of the catalog. The above is based on current information and is subject to change.
  • Program requirements may change with licensure rule changes required by MN Board of Teaching. The student must regularly consult with the Education Department for further information.

Biology minor

A minor in biology requires 20 semester credits. Biology courses must have a minimum grade of "C". Course requirements for the minor:

  • Bio 1115 Global Challenges, Scientific Solutions (4 credits)
  • Bio 1125 Foundations in Biology (4 credits)
  • Elective in Animal Diversity (4 credits)
  • Elective in Ecology and Field Studies (4 credits)
  • Elective in Human, Cellular & Molecular Biology (4 credits)

Biology Department outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor's Degree in biology at the College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:
1. Apply foundational scientific concepts to interpret biological phenomena
2. Use quantitative analysis to interpret biological data
3. Effectively communicate biological concepts and interpretations