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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Graduate DirectorDr. Brian Olson
- Medical product sales
- Natural resource scientist
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.