Department of Biology


The Department of Biology offers exciting opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Below you will find information related to our degrees and future career paths. Every student is assigned an academic adviser that will help you optimize your educational experience and future career. We also have developed degree maps and course flowcharts to aid in planning coursework during your time at St. Cloud State. 

Biology Undergraduate Degrees

We offer exciting degree options for your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree that will prepare you for a breadth of careers in the biological sciences. You will build a strong foundation in biology, and be encouraged to take part in primary research in ongoing laboratory and field projects.

Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (Bachelor of Science)

As a Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution major you will join a preeminent natural science program with coursework that includes a breadth of topics at the cutting edge of recent biological advances. You will study the biology of organisms, including how they live, interact, evolve and adapt over time. Coursework in this major offers educational experience that will prepare you for a variety of careers in scientific research, conservation, federal agencies, industry, academia, veterinary, and more.

Biomedical Science (Bachelor of Science)

Students who study biomedical science are problem-solving visionaries. You'll build a base of knowledge and skills in biology, disease research and technical design to imagine and create medical equipment that improves lives locally, nationally or internationally. You'll learn to use computer skills to show how organs and internal systems work and to test and demonstrate how a body would react to a medical device.  Your class and field work will prepare you for work in laboratory and health-related jobs or to continue your study for an advanced degree.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science)

Students who major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Biotechnology train to do the research that will improve health care and the environment. You will learn about the role genetics plays in shaping the future of medicine, health care and food production. This degree prepares you for immediate job placement in the biotechnology industry for advanced fields of study in the molecular biology revolution. You will put your interest in modern biology into practice as you learn to grow cells in a dish and perform gene analysis and genetic engineering.

Life Science Education (Bachelor of Science)

Life science education majors combine science courses with St. Cloud State's nationally recognized teacher preparation program to receive the best training and insight on educating and inspiring the scientists of tomorrow. You'll learn how to turn your class material into innovative lessons with a global perspective. You'll tap your creativity to develop laboratory experiments that will keep middle school or high school students engaged in scientific discovery. Through St. Cloud State's partnerships with schools locally and abroad you'll find opportunities to expand what you know and practice what you've learned before you head into the classroom on your own.

Pre-Professional Advising and Programs

St. Cloud State offers pre-professional programs which prepare students for post graduate work in professional areas. This preparation requires a baccalaureate degree in addition to the recommendations of these pre-professional programs. We recommend students enroll in one of the Biological Sciences Department Programs that align with the needs and goals of the pre-professional programs listed below. Advisers in our department are happy assist you in selecting the program and baccalaureate degree that is best suited to your further education and career goals.

Life Sciences (Bachelor of Elective Studies)


Biology Undergraduate Certificates

The Department of Biological sciences now offers certificates designed to enhance your technical skills for your future careers. These undergraduate certificates can also be completed while you complete your undergraduate program.

Histotechnician Certificate

Are you interested in advancing your medical skillset for academic and hospital laboratory training? If your future career goals are focused on a healthcare profession, you may want to advance your skills in histology. This versatile technique is commonly used in research and medical professions for preparing samples and medical diagnoses. This certificate can be completed while you are also enrolled in one of our programs undergraduate degrees.

Biology Graduate Degrees

The Master’s program in Biological Sciences (M.S. and M.A.) is supported by internationally recognized faculty working on research projects funded by federal, state, local, non-profit, and for-profit organizations in a variety of different fields of biology.

Biological Sciences (Masters of Arts): Online Option Available!

Our Masters of Arts (M.A.) program consists of taking master's level courses (36 credits) and may include research experience from a faculty advisor as part of this coursework. The final culminating project of the M.A. program is a comprehensive exam. This program can be completed face-to-face or online

Biological Sciences (Masters of Science)

Our thesis-based Masters of Science (M.S.) program consists both of taking master's level courses (30 credits) and participating in an individualized research project in the lab of a faculty member willing to sponsor you. To graduate, students write a thesis (typically 75-150 pages) about their research findings and present their research in an oral presentation to the department in a public defense followed by a short oral exam (private defense) pertaining to their project conducted by their committee. Follow this link for information on relevant forms and to learn more about the timeline of being a master student and progress towards your degree.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistantships

Follow this link to learn more about graduate assistantships. To apply, please complete the teaching assistantship application (PDF) and return it to the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Director ( electronically. Apply by May 1 for Fall positions and by Dec. 1 for Spring positions. Graduate and Teaching Assistantships include 8 credits of tuition remission each semester as well as a paid stipend. Once you are awarded a T.A. position the contract will typically cover two semesters of support with opportunity of renewal based on performance for an additional two semesters.

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