Whether you plan to study hermit crabs in southern California or become an ophthalmologist and study the human eye, a Biology degree from UND is the best place to start. With core classes in all of the basic areas of Biology and hands-on laboratory work throughout your four years, you’ll get the comprehensive experience needed to pursue your dream career.
No matter your area of interest or future career path, biology is sure to have the course selection and faculty involvement that you need to succeed. Some courses you might take include:
- Cell Biology
Classes are taught in an active and collaborative learning environment allowing many opportunities for hands-on research experience. You’ll leave with a well-rounded education that focuses on the development of essential skills for both professional and personal success.
By participating in fieldwork, clubs and other on-campus activities, you’ll be able to enhance your knowledge of Biology while getting to know your classmates and others on campus.
Biology majors are encouraged to participate in any sort of experiential learning opportunity that’s available. This experience can expose you to the career you want before you leave college, giving you valuable experience and knowledge to give you a competitive edge in the job market. Some programs that offer internships or experiential learning are:
- National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)
- National Institutes of Health Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NIH-SURF)
- Honors Program Research opportunities
- North Dakota INBRE (through the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
With a multitude of career opportunities available to biology graduates, you’ll be able to choose from the following industries and more:
- Medicine and health sciences
- Medical laboratory research
- Scientific research
- Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Our alumni have gone on to hold high-level positions in their fields, like the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who got his start at UND.
This major is approved by the North Dakota Standards and Practices Board. By completing major and teacher education coursework and requirements in the Department of Teaching and Learning, you'll be able to become a secondary school teacher.
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