Minor inBiology

Minoring 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 26 credit hours toward a biology minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Biology Curriculum Overview

Biology minors 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.

An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source: mnedtrends.org)
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov)

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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

  • Biology Teacher
  • Chiropractor
  • Environmentalist
  • Dentistry
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Laboratory Researcher
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Science Teacher
  • Wildlife Conservationist

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