Why major in biology?

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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

UND's flexible biology program allows you to customize your major.

Fisheries and Wildlife Biology 

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.

General Biology 

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.

Molecular and Integrative Biology 

The B.S. with Major in Molecular and Integrative Biology provides a strong foundation for students planning to continue their studies in medical science, graduate or professional programs.


The B.S. with Major in Biology (Professional Health Sciences Emphasis, Pre-Health) is designed for students interested in medicine or allied medical fields.

Biology Degree at UND

What can you do with a biology degree?


Median annual salary for conservation scientists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Wildlife Biologists


Anticipated job growth for environmental scientists and specialists

U.S. Bureau of Labors Statistics: Environmental Scientists

UND Biology graduates have built rewarding careers in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation biology/ecology
  • Education (secondary and higher education)
  • Health sciences
  • Medical laboratory research
  • Medicine
  • Natural resource management
  • Scientific research
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Veterinary medicine

Where do our biology degree graduates work?

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 Major Courses You Could Take

Leading in the Field

UND researchers are studying the burning of grasslands and the long-term benefits to biodiversity.