Bachelor of Arts inBiology

Majoring in Biology involves the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, reproduction and behavior. How are genes mapped? How can nanotechnologies be made biocompatible? How are we to make ethical choices in the context of scientific progress? You’ll sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 39 to 40 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

4,500+ Enrollment (1,400 on-campus undergraduates)
1893 the year Concordia was founded
16 Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in the Twin Cities
Apply Now

Biology Curriculum Overview

Biology majors develop a strong foundation in biology by exploring cell biology, genetics, chemistry, molecular biology, evolutionary theory, scientific methodology, research techniques and more. The coursework encourages students to sharpen their analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication, and laboratory skills. Students have the opportunity to gain relevant research experience on campus and develop mentoring relationships with full-time faculty who are experienced in cutting-edge research. A human cadaver laboratory is available to supplement the learning experience for those students interested in the healthcare field.

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mary Ann Yang Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Yang has research experience in the both the industrial and academic sectors of biology. Her areas of interest include neurobiology, tissue engineering, and cell biology.

Amanda Brosnahan Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology, Science Department Chair

Dr. Brosnahan’s interests in infectious disease led her to pursue a Ph.D. in the areas of microbiology, immunology and cancer biology.

Benjamin Harrison, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Harrison brings a wide range of academic interests which stem from his fascination with DNA, chromosomes, and the cell cycle.

Leanne Bakke, Ph.D. Professor of Biology

Dr. Bakke has a background in molecular physiology and currently acts as the head of the science department.

Taylor Mach, Ph.D. Term Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Mach’s varied experience gives him expertise in physical chemistry, physics, and education.

Carolyn Wanamaker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Wanamaker’s interests include using organic and polymer chemistry to create novel biodegradable plastics.

Career Potential

You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, in activities such as working as a laboratory assistant, participating in the Tetra Delta science club, tutoring other biology students and completing internships. And because we design our biology program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a medical professional, pharmacist, laboratory researcher, genetic counselor, science teacher, environmentalist or other professional in a biology-related field. Additional education may be required for some careers listed.

  • Biology Teacher
  • Chiropractor
  • Environmentalist
  • Dentistry
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Laboratory Researcher
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Science Teacher
  • Wildlife Conservationist
Student Success Stories Sam Johnson ’17 - Biology and Chemistry

"At Concordia, I see both professors who are passionate about educating and students who share an equal passion for learning."

Related Programs
Discover Similar Programs at CSP