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The College of St. Scholastica

As a Biology major at St. Scholastica, you’ll explore the vast areas of biology, including genetics, ecology, human biology and evolution. You’ll learn how cells, molecules and biochemistry work together in all living things and gain a new appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

Our department emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world experiences. This means that you’ll do research in the classroom and take part in activities in the community. All students are expected to participate in these opportunities throughout their studies.

As a program graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for a variety of career paths. Whether you choose to continue your education or start working in the diverse field of biological sciences, you’ll have a strong foundation to build upon.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details

Tuition and Fees

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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


A lab fee may be required for some courses.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.



Research and Internships

The Biology Department maintains a strong commitment to experiential learning and undergraduate research. As a student, you’ll participate in at least two experiential learning courses.

Possible on- and off-campus experiences include:

  • Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) developed in partnership through the Tiny Earth or HHMI’s Science Education Alliance
  • Internships at several sites, including the DNR, Hartley Nature Center, the Great Lakes Aquarium, Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Lab
  • Mayo Summer Lab Science Program and research experience
  • On-campus summer research project mentored by a faculty member
  • National summer research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Career Outlook

Graduates of the biology program have gone on to positions in the public, private and tribal sectors in various healthcare, biomedical, biotechnology, ecological and conservation professions. Others have continued their education in medical training (MD, PA, OT, PT, dental, veterinarian, chiropractic, pharmacy) or pursued graduate degrees in fields ranging from public health to molecular genetics and genomics, microbiology, immunology, behavior and ecology.

Become a biology teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.