Explore the science of living things through well-rounded coursework and hands-on research.
A degree in Biology from UND gives you the foundational knowledge and skills to thrive in any career. Our flexible options allow you to customize your major in anything from wildlife to pre-health.
- Program type:
- Est. time to complete:
- 4 years
- Credit hours:
- 120 (major), 20 (minor)
Why Study Biology at UND?
The biological sciences will play an increasingly important role in coming years, as society grapples with global issues such as overpopulation and climate change. With a Biology major from UND, you'll gain:
- An understanding of modern research techniques
- Critical-thinking skills
- A strong understanding of essential biological concepts
- Quantitative reasoning ability
- Broad exposure to all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems
Customize Your Biology Major
- The B.S. with Major in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology prepares students for careers in state, private and federal fisheries and wildlife or conservation organizations.
- The B.S. with Major in Biology (General Option) allows students to customize the program of study to their own needs including allowing for semesters with internships or study abroad.
- The B.S. with Major in Molecular and Integrative Biology with the Basic Life Science provides a strong foundation for students planning to continue their studies in medical science, graduate or professional programs.
- The B.S. with Major in Molecular and Integrative Biology with the Enhanced Applied Life Science is for students interested in pursuing technical positions or further training in applied health science and biotechnology.
- The B.S. with Major in Biology (Professional Health Sciences Emphasis, Pre-Health) is designed for students interested in medicine or allied medical fields.
Build strong research and communication skills by participating in interactive classes and graduate and faculty research projects.
Engage in independent studies under direct faculty supervision.
Work in state-of-the-art facilities including three greenhouses, animal rooms for terrestrial and aquatic organisms, tissue culture facilities, a biology core molecular facility and three field stations.
Participate in internships or experiential learning supported by local and national programs such as the McNair and REFUNDU programs, the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) and the National Institutes of Health Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NIH-SURF).
You'll have the opportunity to tailor your coursework to your primary areas of research, whether it's conservation biology, grassland ecology, or study of animals and their parasites.
UND Biology graduates have built rewarding careers in a wide range of industries, including:
- Conservation biology/ecology
- Education (secondary and higher education)
- Health sciences
- Medical laboratory research
- Natural resource management
- Scientific research
- Secondary school teaching
- Veterinary medicine
UND Biology Alumni
Biology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- University of Minnesota
- Altru Health System
- Northland Community & Technical College
- Sanford Health
- Abbott Laboratories
Biology Course Options