Undergraduate Programs

The department offers a variety of majors, minors and emphases to meet your academic interests.


Aquatic Biology (BS)

Students pursuing a BS in Aquatic Biology must complete 77 credits of coursework. We offer three distinct emphases:


Biology (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts program requires 40 credits. It focuses on Biology coursework designed to give a broad background in biology and to prepare students for less technical positions.

Biology (BS)

To receive the Bachelor of Science, students must complete 68 credits of carefully structured coursework. The program is designed for those planning to attend graduate or professional school or interested in a technical position in biology.

Emphases (Optional)

We offer a convenient, blended degree-completion program at North Hennepin Community College.  A student can earn a Biology B.S. degree without relocating to Bemidji.  For more information on this program, visit the Center for Extended Learning website.

Wildlife Biology (BS)

Students pursuing a BS in Wildlife Biology must complete 72 credits of coursework in Biology, GIS, and the physical and quantitative sciences.

Medical Laboratory Science (BS)

We offer two options for the BS in Medical Laboratory Science, both are 84-credit programs designed to prepare students for careers in medical laboratories:

3+1 Option
Student earns a BS in Medical Laboratory Science, with the fourth year spent at an affiliated clinical program.

4+1 Option
Student earns both a BS in Biology and a BS in Medical Laboratory Science and completes a fifth year at an affiliated clinical program.

Life Science (BS)

Students interested in becoming secondary school biology teachers can pursue a BS in Science Education with a Life Science speciality. Students who successfully complete the 83-credit program are eligible for teacher licensure in Life Science.



The Biology minor is designed to support other fields of study such as chemistry, physics, geology, environmental studies and certain business majors. The 24-credit program will complement and enhance many majors but does not in and by itself lead to a career choice.

Wetlands Ecology

The Wetlands Ecology minor is designed for students interested in field research and preservation. The minor requires 25 credits and includes coursework in wetland delineation and environmental law and policy, as well as lab and field work.

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