The Biosciences Department at MSUM offers a broad, comprehensive curriculum in the biological sciences offering two Bachelor of Science degrees, BS in Biology and BS in Life Science Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. The curriculum is research-infused. Investigative laboratory activities teach science by encouraging you to engage in the material as a scientist. 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 your learning experience and provides excellent preparation for future careers in the job market and in graduate school.
Langseth Hall and Hagen Hall are modern facilities providing experiential, student-centered learning in interesting spaces that are devoted to research and discovery. In addition to outstanding labs on campus, you can learn and do research at a field station at the MSUM Regional Science Center.
Faculty-mentored research is the hallmark of the Biosciences department. Faculty and student collaborators regularly publish in academic peer-reviewed journals and present at regional and national conferences. Faculty and student researchers meet regularly to discuss research.
Upper-level Biology courses average 10-15 students, ensuring you plenty of individual attention from faculty members who are not only master teachers, but also respected scholars in their respective field of expertise.
MSUM’s prairie restoration project is charged with restoring 160 acres of flora and fauna to pre-European prairie ecosystem. This project gives you an opportunity to do lab activities at the Regional Science Center gathering data, monitoring the recovery of restored sites and comparing data to data collected from original remnant prairie.
In addition to expert faculty, we enrich your learning experience in labs with Learning Assistants – peer undergraduates who facilitate individual student learning.
MSUM has a strong 3+3 articulation agreement with Northwestern Health Sciences University to fast-track to Doctor of Chiropractic after your junior year at MSUM.
Bioscience majors at MSUM quickly learn that science is a verb – a method, a way of knowing. You will immerse yourself in meaningful, hands-on experiences that teach you to learn science and to be a scientist.
Immunology Education takes center stage!Immunology education has become increasingly important in recent times. Dr. Sumali Pandey joined her collaborator Dr. Philip Mixter (Washington State University) and Immune 60 podcast hosts Dr. Vincent Racaniello (Columbia University), Dr. Cynthia Leifer (Cornell University), Dr. Steph Langel (Case Western Reserve University) and Dr. Brianne Barker (Drew University) to share her NSF funded work with ImmunoReach (the Research Coordination Network), […]
MSUM students share love of astronomy with hundreds of visitors at Theodore Roosevelt National ParkSix MSUM students volunteered at the 10th annual Dakota Nights astronomy festival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park Sep 16-18, 2022. They set up several telescope for evening star viewing and gave visual tours of the constellations using laser pointers. Five of the students, Alex Niemi, Emily Watson, Izzy DiOrio, Mara DeRung, and Tanner Weyer, have majors in the Department of […]
Biosciences research picked up by popular magazineA research collaboration between Biosciences faculty member Brian Wisenden and NDSU faculty member Craig Stockwell resulted in a peer-reviewed publication in the academic British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society in August 2022. That article has now been picked up by the poplar magazine Science News, based in Washington DC.
Brian Wisenden publishes research in British scientific journalBrian Wisenden, and Craig Stockwell, NDSU professor in the biological sciences department and director of the environmental and conservation sciences graduate program director, have published a research paper in the prestigious scientific journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “Ignorance is not bliss: evolutionary naiveté in an endangered desert fish and implications for conservation” was published Aug. 17. “Many of […]
Sumali’s manuscript on Immunological terms “Antigen and Immunogen” published in ImmunoHorizons.Sumali Pandey (Biosciences Department, College of Science, Health and the Environment) learned that her manuscript, “Antigen and Immunogen: An Investigation into the Heterogeneity of Immunology Terminology in Learning Resources” has been published in the immunology education section of the ImmunoHorizons. This work is a product of several national and international faculty collaborators associated with an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network called […]