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The College of St. Scholastica
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Kara Thoemke, Ph.D.
Department Chair                            
Science Center, Room 2129
(218) 723-7081
kthoemke@css.edu 

Biology

Program Facts

  • The biology department offers a variety of courses and experiences that enable students to learn fundamental biological principles and processes.
  • The core biology curriculum provides students with a broad overview of biological science, 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.
  • The biology major is appropriate for students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the biological sciences, medicine (including pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, physician's assistant), or for those seeking entry-level employment in the biological sciences or biotechnology.

Program Requirements

Major: 32 credits
Minor: 22 credits 

Research and Internships

The biology department maintains a strong commitment to undergraduate research and interested students may complete a laboratory-based research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In addition to on campus opportunities, students in this program have obtained internships at a number of sites, including Hartley Nature Center, the Great Lakes Aquarium, Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Lab. Students also may apply to participate in summer research programs at locations across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Careers

Students in this program have gone on to positions in both the public and private sectors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Peace Corps, and various healthcare, biomedical and biotechnolgy facilities. Others have gone on to medical school or to pursue graduate degrees in such fields as Public Health, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Ecology.

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  • "I decided to become a biology major because I have always had a fascination with how living organisms work. Within my first two years at St. Scholastica, I had already taken courses involving the human body, microorganisms, genetics and evolution, to name a few. For me, this wide range of course material makes learning fascinating and exciting."

    – Meagan Robinson, ‘15