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.
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MSUM’s Oceanarium celebrates World Oceans Day June 8Open house & tours | Noon to 8 p.m. | Langseth Hall, lower level The Oceanarium is an interactive, investigative marine laboratory that features more than 50 species of sea life.
University of Agder study exchange opportunitiesAlison Wallace, Biosciences and Sustainability, and Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy and Sustainability, visited the University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway last week. They met with prospective Norwegian education students and faculty in Biology to talk about opportunities for MSUM students to take unique courses like marine biology and sustainability courses. They also sat in on a class in […]
Immune Literacy – challenges and recommendations with Dr. Sumali PandeyImmune literacy—the ability to hear, learn, read, write, explain, and discuss immunological content with varied audiences—has become critically important in recent years. Yet, with its complex terminology and discipline-specific concepts, educating individuals about the immune system and its role in health and disease may seem daunting. Here, Dr. Pandey collaborated with faculty across the U.S. and abroad, to reflect on […]
Costa Rica 3/10/2023-3/21/2023BIOL 335 Tropical Conservation Biology (LASC 10) This course meets once per week starting in January 2023 to discuss assigned readings about biodiversity, what biodiversity is and where biodiversity is greatest and most threatened. We then discuss strategies for conserving biodiversity in the face of competing demands from political and socioeconomic forces. We then discuss why the culture and history […]
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), […]