College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences


Do you want to explore biological science and the role it plays in addressing timely societal issues — locally and globally? St. Catherine University is a leader in developing women scientists through a research-based, integrated biology curriculum. A St. Kate's biology major, offered on our St. Paul campus, provides many opportunities for collaborative and self-directed learning, both in the classroom and in the field.

what can I do with a degree in Biology?

St. Kate’s focus on understanding core biological concepts, scientific inquiry and appreciation for the role of science in society will prepare you for a career as a scientist, researcher or teacher in a variety of settings, including:

  • Biotech and bioscience companies
  • Research and development labs
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Education at a middle or high school

After earning a degree in biology in St. Paul from St. Kate's, you will be well positioned to pursue professional programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy, or graduate studies in environmental science, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, plant and animal physiology, public health or forensic science.

what will I study?

A St. Kate’s biology major provides a solid academic foundation in core biological concepts and current laboratory techniques.

Seminars are held throughout the semester and bring industry and business professionals — often alumnae — to campus to discuss their careers and share their insights on using your degree.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects and present your findings at state, regional and national scientific conferences.

Did you know?

  • Biology is offered as a major, minor, and second degree.

Learn more

  • In 2016, St. Catherine University, led by the biology department and BioClub, partnered with The Beez Kneez llc to install two honey bee hives on Fontbonne Hall's GreenRoof. Healthy pollinators are essential for healthy food supplies. We're proud to help champion the Healthy Bees Healthy Lives campaign.

For Current Biology Students

  • Please click on the link below to access the Biology Seminar form. Remember that your summary/evaluation is due within one week of each seminar (click the Submit button by that time).
  • Please click on the link below to access the Biology Symposium Report form. Your evaluation must be submitted (click Submit button) by noon on the first Friday following the Symposium.

why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are nationally recognized researchers, celebrated mentors and scientific leaders. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate's Experience

The St. Kate's Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.