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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. He/she must also be able to synthesize that knowledge to understand the living world, a world that is both remarkably unified and wonderfully diverse.

Chair: Kara R Thoemke, Ph.D.

Biology major

Students majoring in biological sciences complete a core curriculum in biology, chemistry, math and physics. A major in biology requires 32 biology credits. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in biology 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 1110, 1120, 3500
  • Biology electives to equal 32 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 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, 3100, 3500, 4170 plus 4 additional credits to equal 32 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
  • 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 22 semester credits. Biology courses must have a minimum grade of C to complete the requirements of the minor. Course requirements for the minor:

  1. One or more of these three courses (BIO 1110, BIO 1120, BIO 1036).
  2. Additional biology credits, chosen with advisement, to equal at least 22 semester credits.
  3. Sixteen of the 22 credits must be courses with numbers 2000 or higher.

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 the process of science through observation, hypothesis development and experimentation
2. Use quantitative analysis to interpret biological data
3. Apply foundational scientific concepts to interpret biological phenomena
4. Effectively communicate biological concepts and interpretations
5. Identify and evaluate the social dimensions of biological problems