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Biology is a hands-on major at Minot State University. Whether in the classroom, research lab, or the field, MSU's biology program encourages students to engage in their learning and explore their own interests.

Three degrees, many options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology (BA)
    • Prepares you for professional programs in dentistry, medicine, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry and physical therapy
    • Careers in wildlife biology and laboratory sciences
    • Graduate studies in biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Biology Major (BSED)
    • Prepares you for high school teaching career
    • Provides education courses required for teacher certification
  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Lab Science Major (BS)
    • Prepares you for career as medical laboratory technologist
  • Bachelor of Science, Bioinformatics Major (BS)
      • Prepares you for the high-demand area of computational biology at the intersection of biology and computer science; MSU is the only university in a five-state region to offer this degree.

What you'll study
Biology majors at MSU study the form, physiology, heredity, development, evolution, and ecological relationships of a variety of organisms. Many students assist faculty members with research projects. Faculty advisors work closely with pre-professional students to assure they are prepared to enter the programs of their choice.

Outside the classroom
All pre-professional students are encouraged to observe, volunteer or get some work experience in a health care setting. In some professional programs, this is a requirement for admission. Minot businesses, agencies and organizations offer many opportunities for this kind of experience.

Employment outlook

  • All health care professionals are in demand
  • Veterinarians are in demand, especially in large animal practice
  • Teachers in the sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) are most needed by high schools
  • Instructors with Ph.D.s are likely to find jobs as college enrollment grows
  • Medical laboratory technologists will see steady job growth in next decade
  • Wildlife biologists have good prospects as others retire or change careers
  • Biology majors have good prospects to continue their education in Ph.D. programs across the nation.

Our faculty
Biology faculty members are highly qualified instructors and active researchers. They are eager to help students meet individual career goals and engage in cutting-edge research. Funded by more than $2.5 million in grants, the work of MSU biology faculty members has been published in more than 60 scientific publications and cited in hundreds of others.

Our facilities
Our laboratories are equipped with exceptional computing resources and the latest in molecular biology equipment.

The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills they need to succeed in a diverse world.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.


More Information
To learn more, visit our Department of Biology web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Dr. Alexandra Deufel
Chair, Department of Biology
Professor of Biology
Minot State University
Phone: 701-858-3115 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3115