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  • The Biosciences Department at MSUM offers a broad, comprehensive curriculum in the biological sciences. 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.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Biosciences Degree
    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.
    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    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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  • Biosciences Deparment News
    • Barkhymer publishes research in Journal of Fish Biology
      Alison Barkhymer (Cellular and Molecular Biology major) has published her research on zebrafish in the international peer-reviewed publication Journal of […]
    • Noyce Education Workshop
      On Saturday, Sept. 29, MSUM hosted a day of STEM Workshops organized by the MSUM Noyce Program. This and future […]
    • MSUM Marine Ecology Lab open house
      Wednesday, May 2 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Langseth 005 You are invited to the MSUM Marine Ecology […]
    • Space still available on BIOL 308 summer travel course
      Spots are still available for BIOL 308 “Pacific Northwest Ecology.” This LASC 10 travel course runs July 5-15. Explore the […]
    • Climate Convening
      Saturday, April 28 | 2-5:30 p.m. | Langseth Hall The greater Fargo-Moorhead community is invited to attend a Climate Convening […]
    • Merit-based sustainability scholarships available
      A merit-based Sustainability Scholarship is available to students majoring in any sustainability emphasis and are of at least sophomore status […]
    • Pacific Northwest Ecology (BIOL 308) – Information meeting for summer travel course
      Friday, April 6 | 1 p.m. | HA 325 Are you interested in camping next to the ocean, exploring tide […]
    • Bioscience faculty, student researchers attend, present at Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society
      Bioscience faculty members Chris Merkord, Michael Aho, and Donna Bruns Stockrahm attended the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of […]
    • Sumali Pandey awarded $25,000 grant
      Sumali Pandey, Biosciences Department, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and […]
    • Bee Wisenden publishes paper in Clinical Anatomy journal
      Bee Wisenden (Biosciences Department) published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Clinical Anatomy entitled “Emotional response of undergraduates to cadaver […]
    • Symposium for Strong Summer Scholars
      Friday, Oct. 6 | 2-3 p.m. | Hagen 104 Strong Summer Research Scholars will be recognized at a symposium on […]
    • BIOL 335 informational meeting
      Friday, Sept. 22 | 2-3 p.m. | Langseth 118 There will be an informational meeting on Friday, Sept. 22 in […]
    • Research paper by Wisenden, undergraduate students accepted for publication in CHEMOECOLOGY
      Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, and seven undergraduate collaborators, had a research paper accepted for publication this week in the international […]
    • MSUM student research project explores possible role for henna in cancer treatment
      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A collaborative research project between Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Mark Lueders and Samford University professor emeritus […]
    • Meet the new Noyce scholars
      By Lexi Byler, MSUM Marketing Intern MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, […]
    • Biosecurity Expert Michael Osterholm to speak at MSUM March 23
      Author of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology and […]
    • Pacific Northwest Ecology (BIOL 308) summer travel course
      Are you interested in camping next to the ocean, exploring tide pools, hiking in a temperate rainforest and traversing an […]
    • Biology students present at MN meeting of The Wildlife Society
      Fourteen students attended the MN chapter annual meeting of The Wildlife Society at Maplelag Resort in Calloway, Minn., Feb. 14-16. […]
    • Dille Fund for Excellence Grants
      Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Rachel Stotts (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences): […]
    • Biosciences Department Offering Neurobiology Course
      For any students interested in neuroscience MSUM’s Biosciences department is offering a course in Neurobiology (BIOL 390 Topics in Biology: […]
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