Department of Biology

Department of Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Cloud State University offers a comprehensive education in diverse fields of biology, preparing students for careers in research, healthcare, environmental science, and education. The curriculum covers key areas such as cellular and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, physiology, and genetics. Students benefit from hands-on laboratory experiences, fieldwork opportunities, and research projects guided by experienced faculty. The department emphasizes critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and practical skills, providing a strong foundation for advanced studies or professional careers. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive academic community, the Biological Sciences programs at St. Cloud State University equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of biology.

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biological disciplines prepare students for a variety of careers and continued education (e.g., medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, ecology, evolution, wildlife conservation, fisheries biology, bioinformatics, horticulture and applied plant sciences, and natural resources).

We offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.) undergraduate degree programs in Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (BEE), Biomedical Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Life Science Education, and a Histotechnican Certificate that can be completed along with our other programs at the same time. Whether you are interested in natural history, academic research, healthcare and medical professions, and education you will find an exciting array of degree options with flexible coureswork delivery styles to meet your needs.

Graduate programs in our department include a coursework-based Master of Arts (M.A.) that can be completed online for increased flexibility for working professionals that is perfect for science educators interested in a biology content-focused graduate degree. We also offer a thesis-based Master of Science (M.S.) in the Biological Sciences that provides hands-on research experiences in a variety of disciplines that is perfect for preparing students for academic research, continued doctoral education, medical school, and healthcare professions.

Talented faculty and staff, dedicated to teaching and learning by doing, paired with well-equipped labs and research centers provide an active learning environment for students. Faculty mentors guide laboratory, field work, and independent research projects to enhance the academic curriculum and provide hands-on learning experiences. 

Our facilities include laboratories that promote research and hands-on learning in microbiology, cell and tissue culture, phytoplankton, physiology, aquatic toxicology, genomics, systematics, evolutionary biology, taxonomy, ecology, and histology. We maintain specimen-based collections for teaching and research including zoological collections and a herbarium. Our greenhouse and vivarium supports a variety of educational and research experiences.

Our students find opportunities to learn from peers, alumni, experts in the field as well as our distinguished faculty.


Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

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Biology Seminar Series

Come see exciting seminars from biological experts on a variety of topics that are open to the public.