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    The Biosciences Department offers a broad, comprehensive curriculum in the biological sciences. Diverse, highly educated and professionally active faculty provide excellent teaching in the classroom and laboratory. Our curriculum is research-infused. Investigative laboratory activities teach students science by encouraging them to engage in the material as scientists. Our faculty are especially active in mentoring undergraduate research. Faculty-student research collaborations result in presentations at regional, national and international meetings and publications in international scholarly peer-reviewed journals. Research experience deepens the learning experience for students and provides excellent preparation for future careers in the job market and in graduate school.

    The cadaver-based course in gross human anatomy at MSU Moorhead is the best in the Tri-College University and results in successful admission to medical school for many Biology majors. The department’s state-of-the-art molecular biology facilities, extensive aquatic research laboratory facility, ownership of the Buffalo River Regional Science Center, repositories of reference materials in a regional herbarium, a modern greenhouse and growth chambers and a variety of research labs, provide a sophisticated learning environment with the necessary equipment, tools and faculty expertise for students to learn and apply practical skills. The combination of outstanding classroom instruction, faculty mentorship and in-depth, hands-on research opportunities gives graduates a powerful competitive advantage to excel in graduate school or a variety of science-related careers.

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  • MSUM garners 11th Goldwater award in 13 years

    Biology Student Among 283 in Nation Awarded Goldwater Scholarship MSUM senior Evangeline Holley was among 283 students from across the nation selected to receive a $7,500 award from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Holley is a biology major with an emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology. She is the daughter [...]

    Biosciences faculty and undergraduates publish paper in international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia

    Brian Wisenden, Dan McEwen, Bee Wisenden and Ellen Brisch, Biosciences faculty, and Tony Stumbo, Pat Self, Biosciences Undergraduates, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia, entitled “Co-evolution of offspring antipredator competence and parental brood defense in convict cichlids”. This paper is the culmination of 20 years of research from field sites in [...]

    MSUM commencement May 16

    Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 930 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 16 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Graduates of the College of Arts, Media & Communication, College of Business & Innovation, and College of Humanities & Social Sciences will participate in the [...]

    Biosciences undergraduates and faculty published paper in Journal of Fish Biology

    Biosciences undergraduates Evangeline Holley and Kaitlyn Ludwig, along with Biosciences faculty Dan McEwen and Brian Wisenden, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology, based on research conducted by Evangeline and Kaitlyn and mentored by Drs. McEwen and Wisenden. The research showed that fish personality is not strictly genetically determined but [...]

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