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.
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:
Secondary teaching preparation:
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:
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