Biological Sciences (M.A., M.S.)

While studying Biological Sciences you will gain in-depth knowledge in your chosen area of biology while being introduced to related disciplines. You will have access to a variety of laboratories with the up-to-date equipment you need. Programs are designed as a stepping stone into teaching and research positions, medical product sales, professional careers as medical doctors, and natural resource scientists and managers.

Program Highlights

  • Thesis (Master of Science) and non-thesis (Master of Arts) options available — each with options in ecology and natural resources or cell and molecular biology.
  • Thesis students participate in an individualized research project in a lab with a faculty sponsor.
  • Nine graduate teaching assistantships sponsored each year.

Program Distinctions

  • Biology and ecology faculty active in nationally-recognized research programs such as invasive species, food safety and diabetes.
  • Faculty includes internationally recognized expert on emerging aquatic contaminants Heiko Schoenfuss, who directs the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory on campus and is a leading researcher on how contaminants disrupt aquatic ecosystems.
  • $126,000 2014 National Science Foundation grant will conduct research on the impact of effluent discharges from wastewater treatment plants on aquatic ecosystems in Chicago's waterways.
  • A herbarium with a vascular plant collection especially strong in Central Minnesota counties' materials dating to the 1800s.
  • National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other state and federally-funded research projects. 
  • Brand new $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Methods

On-campus Online Distance Satellite Campus Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Brian Olson

Popular Careers

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Medical product sales
  • Natural resource scientist
  • Manager

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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