- Areas of Study
- About A&S
- Faculty & Staff
- Cultural Initiatives
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- Biology Major
- Molecular and Integrative Biology
- Pre-Health Sci. Emphasis
- Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
- Teacher Certification
- Minor in Biology
- Jay Boulanger
- Jeffrey Carmichael
- Brian Darby
- Diane Darland
- Tristan Darland
- Susan Ellis-Felege
- Chris Felege
- Steve Kelsch
- Peter Meberg
- Robert Newman
- Igor Ovtchinnikov
- Turk Rhen
- Isaac Schlosser
- William Sheridan
- Rebecca Simmons
- Vasyl Tkach
- Jefferson Vaughan
- Kathryn Yurkonis
Undergraduate Programs in Biology
The Biology Department's program provides a well-rounded, balanced education, which focuses on the development of essential skills for professional and personal success and a broad exposure to all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems.
Essential skills fostered in the program include:
- critical and creative thinking
- quantitative reasoning
- written and oral communication
- information literacy
Our philosophy is that a university education should emphasize both formal classroom instruction and individual research experiences for highly motivated students. Class instruction benefits from having enthusiastic faculty scholars working at the forefront of their disciplines. Faculty research benefits from having enthusiastic undergraduate students integrally involved in faculty research projects.
What can you do with a degree in Biology?
- Medicine and Health Sciences
- Veterinary medicine
- Medical laboratory research
- Conservation Biology/Ecology
- Natural Resource Management
- Education (secondary & higher education)
- Scientific Research
This major includes options in General Biology; in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD); and in Ecology and Evolutionary (EE) Biology; The General Biology option is designed for students interest in obtaining a broad background in biology, with maximum flexibility in program design. The MCD option is especially appropriate for students anticipating graduate studies, professional programs, or a career in biotechnology or biomedical research. The EE option is for students who are preparing for graduate study or careers in ecological, evolutionary, and related fields, including those in conservation biology and the environment.
This major offers students options in Basic Life Science and in Enhanced Applied Life Science. The Basic life Science Option provides strong preparation for students interested in applying for medical school, medical research, and basic life science research. The Enhanced Applied Life Science Option provides strong preparation for career opportunities in biotechnology and applied medical technology.
The Pre-Health Science emphasis is for students interested in applying for professional schools in medicine or allied medical fields such as dentistry, or veterinary medicine.
The B.S. i Fisheries and Wildlife Biology prepares students for positions with state, federal, and private fisheries and wildlife organizations. Within this degree program, flexibility exists to allow students to specialize in either the Fisheries or Wildlife areas.
Students seeking secondary teacher certification in Biology must complete the Department of Teaching and Learning requirements in Secondary Education (see Secondary Education listing). These students must also complete one of the Biology majors described above.
Opportunities for Independent Study & Research
Well-qualified Biology majors are urged to participate in independent studies, undergraduate research or honors work. Normally independent study and research are initiated by invitation from a faculty member. Students selected for these programs usually carry out their studies in the research laboratories of the individual professors. Research apprenticeships or assistantships financed by private foundation support or faculty research grants may be available for part-time employment. The department participates in the University Honors Program through certain interdisciplinary colloquia, by honors credit in advanced courses, and by independent studies and tutorials in advanced topics.
Biology students have participated in numerous research internship and independent study programs such as national-level opportunities for Physiological Ecology, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU), National Institutes of Health Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NIH-SURF) and local opportunities such as Honors Program Research opportunities and the North Dakota INBRE organized through the UND Medical School. Explore your interests and opportunities!