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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
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    • Biosciences students presented at Immunology Conference
      Seven MSUM students (Jacob Tesch, Andrea Schaefer, Shakiba Hajipouri, Elaina Thompson, Alexis Cory, Mai Ceesay and Jennicca Leier) from Biosciences […]
    • Lahti and MSUM students presented at conference
      Richard Lahti and MSUM Secondary Science Methods students (Tanner Aufforth, Brady Vizenor, Anneliese Johnson, Kira Johnson, Whitney Shegrud, Dominic Mugavero, […]
    • Informational meeting for Tropical Conservation Biology class
      Tropical Conservation Biology is a LASC 10 field course about the ecological, social, and economic balance between biodiversity conservation and […]
    • Dr. Adam Stocker and students attended conference
      Dr. Adam Stocker and 6 undergraduate students attended the Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, IL on October 19th through […]
    • Dr. Ellen Brisch to present MSUM’s Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecture Oct. 22
      Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 4 p.m. | Langseth Hall 118
    • Students to present research at Society for Neuroscience conference
      Six MSUM undergraduates (Bioscience majors Devante Delbrune, Asma Mohammed, Ritu Pandey, and Caitlyn Schaffer; BCBT major Tommy Ajayi; and Computer […]
    • Tropical Conservation Biology information meeting
      Friday, Oct. 18 | 4 p.m. | Hagen 113 Tropical Conservation Biology is a field course about the ecological, social, […]
    • Wisenden, Stockrahm attend Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society meeting
      Brian Wisenden and Donna Stockrahm, Biosciences Department, attended the joint meeting of The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society […]
    • Dr. Kramar, students present research at GIS/LIS conference
      Dr. David Kramar from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Sciences presented his research entitled “Estimation of Total Above-Ground Biomass […]
    • Wallace, Bormann publish paper with NDSU colleagues
      Dr. Paula Comeau, a recent Ph.D. recipient in Natural Resources Management and Policy from NDSU and adjunct instructor at MSUM, […]
    • Wisenden published in Journal of Animal Ecology
      Brian Wisenden, Biosciences Department, published a paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology entitled “Evidence of incipient alarm signalling in […]
    • Drs. Wallace, Brisch publish article in The American Biology Teacher
      Alison Wallace and Ellen Brisch, faculty from the Biosciences Department who teach the first- and second-semester introductory biology courses, participated […]
    • MSUM students participating in classroom-based undergraduate research project
      MSUM students are now participating in a unique Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research (CURE) project, which aims to tackle antibiotic resistance. “SEA-PHAGES […]
    • Wallace, Kramar and students attend Nutrient Network Workshops
      Dr. Alison Wallace from Biosciences and Dr. David Kramar from Anthropology and Earth Sciences attended the 2019 Nutrient Network Workshops […]
    • Faculty attended Council on Undergraduate Research Conference last month
      Lisa Nawrot (Psy), Sumali Pandey (Bio) and Donna Stockrahm (Bio) attended the CUR Undergraduate Research Programs conference June 27-29 at […]
    • Lindaas and Wallace present at 2019 Noyce Summit in Washington DC
      The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted the 2019 Noyce Summit: […]
    • Dr. Ellen Brisch selected as 2019-2020 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer
      Dr. Marsha Weber, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, has announced that Dr. Ellen Brisch, Professor, Biosciences, has been selected […]
    • Noyce internships available
      Interested in sharing your enthusiasm for Science and Math? Noyce internships are available for Math and Science majors. Interns are […]
    • MSUM students win Mayo Clinic IMPACT competition
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