Ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems through coursework, an internship, and research projects in Biology. With our experiential, technology-driven approach, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the biological sciences as well as the applied skills needed to succeed in the sciences, whether that leads you to the biotech industries or to graduate school and/or professional school.
- Field trips and small-sized labs allow for more hands-on experience
- Most of our courses and labs are taught by professors with a doctorate who are focused primarily on student education; students are never taught by anyone with less than a master's degree
- Faculty involve undergraduate students in research projects on a regular basis, either through our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grants or outside funding
- Biology is a broad science degree that can be used to go anywhere within the science field
- Students can prepare to pursue a master's degree and/or medical/professional school
- Grant-funded, large-scale research projects are integrated into laboratory coursework
- Students develop and conduct original research with biology faculty
- A flexible curriculum helps you meet career goals in the animal and plant sciences or health science pre-professional degree program fields of pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-physical therapy
- Students can get involved in the major outside of class with <link> Students for the Education of Environmental and Life Sciences (SEELS)
- You can also minor in biology
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Associated Clubs & Organizations
Associated Clubs & Organizations
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 21% employment growth for all biologists from 2008 to 2018 (www.bls.gov). Biochemists and biophysicists, with the highest sub-field increase, could leap 37%.
With a bachelor’s of science degree in biology some possible career paths include:
- Research Assistant
- Health Care
- Environmental and conservation management
- Forensic Scientist
- Continue on to graduate school and/or professional school
Brittani (Boehlke) Fiecke 2006
Caring for her grandmother and mother during bouts with cancer was something Brittani (Boehlke) Fiecke 2006 considers a privilege. Her family’s experience with cancer and her capacity for compassion make her work with oncology patients deeply gratifying. As a physician’s assistant working at Essentia Health Cancer Center in Fargo, N.D., Fiecke becomes an intimate part of the families working through the many difficulties facing patients undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Read more "Tenderness and Compassion in Practice" from the Summer 2007 Torch magazine.
Brittany Novak 2011 and Ashley (Walton) Sparby 2009
They are always on the lookout. Crookston’s RiverView staff pharmacists, Brittany Novak 2011 and Ashley (Walton) Sparby 2009, are always looking for teachable moments and opportunities to share information. “It’s a big part of the work we do as pharmacists,” says Novak. “We are concerned with patient safety with regard to medication and sharing what we know helps ensure our patients are using medication correctly.”
Read more "Degrees of Friendship" from the Summer 2007 Torch magazine.
A story highlighting freshwater sponge research being conducted by U of M Crookston faculty and undergraduate students is included in the July-August 2017 edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The research is part of a three-year study, made possible by a $258,000 grant from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and it will examine the ecological role of freshwater sponges and how they may reflect or indicate levels of water quality. Read the article online.
Karen Choi is actively involved in promoting environmental sustainability and building community for students from around the world. She is also the recipient of the Josef Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. Choi came to the U of M Crookston to study biology but added a second major in environmental science. Research projects span her years on campus and have opened the door to possibilities. Learn more.
Biology and Health Sciences double major Steven Gonzalez’s experience as a student on the Crookston campus is the subject of an online video representing the campus among the five University of Minnesota system campuses. Not only is he a strong student, but he is also involved in the leadership of a number of student organizations on campus. Gonzalez was interviewed fall semester 2016 as part of the U of M’s "Dream Big Across Minnesota" video project, which features students with diverse backgrounds on each campus. The video is available online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQQm2eNHqKc.
One way to describe Maggie Gibbons, Cohasset, Minn., is busy. She’s a full-time student, a part of the Study Abroad Club, the Hospitality Association, and she is a student manager at the Evergreen Grill at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The one thing Gibbons is never too busy for is her passion for animals.
The wildlife management and biology double major has been put her passion to use while interning for the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Her area of focus has been the World of Birds Show working with raptors and other exotic bird species. She assists in cleaning, diet preparations, bird training, and works the shows. Learn more.
In May, Senior Bryant Hamilton will be walking in commencement. It will be in many ways the fulfillment of a dream and the doorway to another.
The biology major grew up in New York City, in the Bronx to be exact. As a child, he loved microscopes and would sometimes carry his toy version to the playground where he could examine more closely the world around him. He claims to be a “giant comic book nerd,” and has a keen interest in Spiderman and his interaction and understanding of the world around him. When he commented about his Spiderman interest to his science teacher, she told him that Spidey-sense was actually connected to biology and her answer awakened a passion for science in her young student. Learn more.
Senior Andrew Steinfeldt, an biology and health sciences double major at the University of Minnesota Crookston talks about his experience in "Cellular Communication" from the Spring 2014 version of the Torch magazine.
Brandon Sachwitz '10 is a senior from Sterling, Alaska, majoring in health sciences and biology. He also is involved in undergraduate research and is a member of several student organizations at the U of M Crookston.
Shawn Friedland '11, a biology major, created a You Tube video for the "I Love UMC" contest sponsored by University Relations. He talks about the biology program on campus and why he loves UMC! Read more about Shawn in "Ripple Effect" in the Fall 2010 article in the Torch magazine.
Tamara Luna '10 earned her bachelor of science degree in biology. She participated in an undergraduate research project during her senior year at the U of M Crookston. Read more about Tamara in "Learning to the Max" in the Spring 2009 article in the Torch magazine.
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.
Associate Professor, Sustainability Coordinator