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Kara Thoemke, Ph.D.
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B.A. Biology

Fast Facts: Biology Minor and Major

  • 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
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

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.


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.

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

Pair with a language

Boost your brain power 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, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse MTH 2221 - Calculus I

Limits, continuity and fundamental theory of differentiation, symbolic and numerical calculations of derivatives, applications of derivatives; definite integrals and Riemann sums. Prerequisite: Precalculus or ACT Math score of at least 29.

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  • "I have always had a fascination with how living organisms work. And within my first two years here, 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