With lab work and close interaction with instructors, the biology program provides a highly personalized learning experience. Here exploration is at the forefront, so we offer students the flexibility to pursue their interests while providing them with the grounding in the science of biology that they'll need to succeed in the field.
The Chemistry Department at St. Scholastica offers majors in both chemistry (B.A. or B.S. degree) and biochemistry (B.S. degree). Additionally, licensure for teaching high school chemistry is offered in collaboration with The College's Education Department.
Each of these majors provides a strong background in the basics of inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry - especially the chemistry major, which offers opportunities for more detailed study in these areas and physical chemistry. In comparison, the biochemistry major includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, and genetics, and serves as an ideal major for those considering medical dental, pharmacy or physician assistant school.
The mathematics program provides excellent preparation for careers in industry, secondary education or advanced graduate studies. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor or a second major in a field to which mathematics may be profitably applied, such as management, computer information systems or a science. Those planning to teach mathematics in middle and secondary grades should major in mathematics, while those preparing to teach in elementary grades should select a mathematics minor.
The psychology program offers a foundation for success in a multitude of professions. Whether it's a higher degree in psychology and sociology or a career in medicine, law, management, social work, education, speech pathology, or counseling, the curriculum prepares students by teaching them how to learn, obtain and evaluate different kinds of information, think critically, solve problems systematically and write effectively.
Graduates of the School of Science leave with broad-based laboratory skills, sound research experience, good study habits and confidence in their ability to succeed. So it's no wonder that many of them go on to do just that at a wide range of professional schools, including the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School, the Graduate Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Minnesota Veterinary, Pharmacy, Dental and Medical Schools.
The Gerontology Minor/Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in gerontology, preparing them to work with and advocate for older adults. The program is structured so students are able to individualize their courses of study to fit their career needs.