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Explore the Biology Program

Regardless of who we are or where we come from, one thing that connects us is the science of life. From the smallest cell structures to the biggest environments, your understanding of biology will expand to new lengths. A blend of biology and chemistry creates a perfect solution for reaching goals. Do you want to conduct research, obtain an incredible internship abroad, attend graduate school, or jump into a desired career? All of these are possible with this UMN Crookston degree.

Biology is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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    Prepare for a master or doctorate degree
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    Careers in animal and plant sciences
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Major in the making of you

Biology Minor

The biology minor program introduces students to the core concepts in a broad range of biological areas with two possible emphases, animal or plant biology. It is designed to complement majors in animal sciences, agriculture, and natural resources but can be tailored for students in other majors as well.

Career Options

With a bachelor’s of science degree in biology some possible career paths include:

  • Research
  • Research Assistant
  • Health Care
  • Environmental and conservation management
  • Education
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Biotechnology
  • Continue on to graduate school and/or professional school




  • Field trips and small-sized labs allow for more hands-on experience. 

  • Grant-funded, large-scale research projects are integrated into laboratory coursework.

  • Students have the opportunity to attend and present at scientific conferences.

  • Join the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Club!


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.

Meet your future professors

  • Anthony Schroeder

    Associate Professor
  • Joseph Shostell PhD

  • Katy Chapman

    Associate Professor
  • Timothy Dudley

    Associate Professor
  • Karl Anderson

  • Thomas Henderson

    Teaching Specialist
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    Nancy Shay

    Teaching Specialist
  • Brian Dingmann

    Associate Professor

Student Stories

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    Steven Gonzalez 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.
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    Karen Choi
    Karen Choi 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.