Biology majors at St. Kate's are confident, creative and critical thinkers with a deep appreciation for life and the natural world. Our rigorous program teaches you core biological concepts, scientific inquiry and how to synthesize information. You discover how biology intersects with society, and you use scientific inquiry to make ethical, informed decisions and solve complex problems.
We focus on connections to other disciplines, like biotechnology and public health, and societal issues, such as conservation and environmental policy, while emphasizing lab and field experiences in original research. We also offer a unique "Biology of Women" course, addressing topics such as reproductive anatomy and physiology, genetics and sexual reproduction, exercise and nutrition.
—Kelly Wickstrom, biochemistry and biology alumna
Fieldwork with classes
We offer you the rare opportunity to do original research in your first year — an experience to launch you on your career path. Working in small groups, students write a proposal (often tied to their own interests), design and conduct their experiments, collect and analyze data — and then present the results. One group examined the effects of the retention basin at the residence halls near our woods on campus.
Summer internship opportunities
You get to work on intensive projects with faculty members during the summer, both in the lab and at exciting field sites. These projects include researching the invasion of reed canary grass with Professor Martha Phillips in Minnesota wetlands, conducting stream ecological research with Associate Professor Jill Welter at the Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Range Reserve in California, and measuring energy use or comparing how women and men carry toddlers with associate professor Marcie Myers on campus.
Modern facilities and lab work
Fundamental lab concepts and techniques are often taught in the context of ongoing research projects. Students have access to tissue culture facilities, a cadaver lab and modern lab equipment. Lab formats are as diverse as the faculty teaching them. Some emphasize current scientific instruments and techniques. Others incorporate computer simulations and peer projects.
St. Kate’s offers many exciting study abroad opportunities around the world. Our faculty will work with staff at the Office of Global Studies to identify good options for you. Many biology students choose semester-long study abroad courses to enhance their knowledge of other cultures, while fulfilling the lab science or major requirements.