In addition to classroom interactions, biology students collaborate with faculty on research at an exceptionally high level – designing experiments and serving as co-authors on projects ranging from examining the effect of diabetes on blood vessels to studying elephants in Tanzania. The chance to present at national conferences is among the exciting outcomes of their creative research work.
With a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning, biology students gain real-world experience that gives them distinct advantages when they graduate. Whether you plan a career in research, the health professions or environmental studies, the biology program at Concordia will prepare you to go farther faster.
Student Spotlight: Chelsey Petrich '17
How this pre-med biology major finds time to be highly involved AND focus on her studies
Four pre-med biology students are getting hands-on experience this summer as part of a pre-medical co-op.
Do Meaningful Research
Our faculty members share their knowledge as you work side-by-side on research projects. There are many opportunities – from the annual summer research program, the Mayo Clinic Innovation Scholars Program, to assisting with the Kilimanjaro Elephant Research and Conservation Project in Tanzania.
Join in the study of parasitic diseases in Bangladesh, or travel on May Seminars Abroad to Tanzania or see the amazing animals species on the Galapagos Islands.
Get Good Advice
If you are headed for a career in the health professions, our Health Professions Advisory Council will give you expert advice on the courses you should take that will help you the most for your chosen career. It’s nice to know you have a great team of people helping you achieve your goals.
Seth Muir '99
Science Teacher at Owatonna (Minn.) High School
Biology Education Major
My undergraduate experience at Concordia had a positive influence on so much of my life, including my global perspective. Loving travel and ecology, and having a desire to learn about and care for our world, led me across the globe.
Mark Sundrud '00
Assistant Professor at The Scripps Research Center
Biology and Psychology Majors
My liberal arts background, I feel like, emphasized creativity and self-education, as opposed to just overloading me with facts to be regurgitated on tests. To this day, my successes in scientific research have been the result of my ability to think creatively about things that are not already known, and to design innovative experiments to test hypotheses.
Samantha Lohse '14
Pursuing Doctor of Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry
Biology Major; Chemistry and Psychology Minors
I enjoyed my experience at Concordia greatly. Getting to know my classmates, professors and staff at this school made my time so wonderful. Whether it was Student Environmental Alliance, Homecoming, Anatomy and Physiology, or a course to fulfill my core credits, I had an amazing time and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Sarah Brock '14
Master of Science, Physician Assistant Student at Des Moines University
Biology Major; Chemistry Minor
Concordia has not only prepared me with the scientific background I will need for graduate school but also with the confidence that I am pursing the right career for me. Through experiences such as the pre-med co-op, I have been given the opportunity to explore the various roles of a healthcare provider, seeing sides of the career that are not seen in the classroom. I have been challenged to think critically about my life and what I am called to do.
Tansy Wells '14
Student at NDSU's Master of Public Health program, focusing in Management of Infectious Diseases
Biology and German Majors; Business and Sociology Minors
Taking biology classes at Concordia opened my eyes to all the possibilities within field research, especially opportunities within disciplines such as entomology.
Elizabeth Quincer '13
Chicago Medical School
Biology and Chemistry; Neuroscience
Not only were the courses I took influential in solidifying my decision to study medicine, but my professors were also extremely valuable in supporting me and helping me to consider what I wanted my future to look like. Volunteer experiences helped to shape my path and led to my desire to work with underserved populations.
Taylor Schwartz '14
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Emory University of Medicine
Biology Major; Psychology Minor
The Concordia biology department is simply amazing. The curriculum is challenging, but the professors are always there to help when needed. They push you farther than you think you can be pushed and have words of encouragement along the way. Concordia has really taught me to explore the world and help others that are in need of my services. I couldn't have chosen a better school to prepare me for physical therapy school and for the real world.
Kari Neutzling '14
Pursuing an M.D. at Mayo Medical School
Biology Major; Chemistry, Spanish and Vaccinology Minors
The classes I took during my undergraduate years prepared me for the rigorous coursework that will be presented in my graduate program. We were taught to not only learn but understand, synthesize and apply complex material, which is a skill I will use for the rest of my life.
Lacey Shiue '14
University of Minnesota Medical School
Biology and Chemistry; Neuroscience and Psychology
I was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the neuroscience and the potential for future innovation. The faculty’s passion for the field and willingness to engage with students was another factor that motivated me to study neuroscience at Concordia.
Mary Gebhardt '13
Adjunct Professor at Wilbur Wright College
When I was at Concordia, I was a part of as many research opportunities as I could be. The professors at Concordia are really good about pushing you.
Maddie Johnson '15
Case Manager at Columbus House in New Haven, Conn.
Biology and History Major; Chemistry Minor
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Last semester, I took histology, which is the first anatomy class I have ever taken. Though it was difficult and involved a lot of memorization, for the first time, I was learning how the human body works and it was astounding.
Derek Mattern '11
Doctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology in Jena, Germany
Biology and German Major; Chemistry Minor
The Concordia biology department has greatly influenced me because they made me realize what I love to do and that is research. The faculty were great and showed me how interesting it is to be a scientist. One can really make a difference. And I feel now I am in a perfect position working in Germany because I can tie both of my majors in together to do what I really like.
Elise Erickson ‘08
Physical Therapist at Courage Kenny Rehabilitations Institute
Biology and Psychology Major
A large part of the education I received at Concordia was outside of the classroom. I had the blessing of involvement in several campus leadership and service opportunities, which helped form my ambitions and allowed me to recognize my passion for serving others.
Kristi Del Vecchio '13
Institutional Engagement Associate, Interfaith Youth Core; Master's Degree at Catholic Theological Union
Biology and Religion Major; Chemistry Minor
Whether you're looking to study biology for research, health professions, or otherwise, Concordia's biology department had a diverse range of opportunities for their varying student base.
Annabel Olson '14
Pursuing a Ph.D. of Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology at University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Biology Major; Chemistry Minor
Concordia classes are both writing intensive and emphasize presentation skills of material within one's major. I feel very confident in my ability to problem solve and to defend my opinion. Additionally, my liberal arts education encourages me to think about different issues from multiple viewpoints, which helps to have an inclusive understanding of issues.
Erin Twohy '14
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Ohio State University
Mathematics Major; Biology Minor
For as long as I can remember, I've always been a curious person. I love asking questions and finding out as much as I can about the world. As a liberal arts institution, Concordia has helped to foster my love of learning. I have discovered when asking questions to not limit myself to the subject at hand but to search for broader connections.
Stephanie Brolsma ‘13
Pursuing Master's in Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Biology Major; Neuroscience and Chemistry Minors
I was continuously challenged by our study of the body’s most complex organ to analyze the world I live in. My classes were interactive and my professors encouraged an environment where I could express my opinions and develop ideas.
Carly Mickelson '17
Spanish and Chemistry Major, Biology Minor
I am here to be a student first and an athlete second. My coaches and professors are on board with that idea. If I have a ridiculous amount of homework or a big test to prepare for, I can talk to my coach about missing practice or leaving early. If I have a game, my professors are okay with me leaving class early or missing while giving me information on the topics I missed.
Alison Stengrim '10
Physician Assistant Student at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland
One of the most valuable assets the Concordia biology department has to offer is the enthusiastic faculty members. They are all truly devoted to helping students be successful with school and life. They set high standards and challenge each student in order to help the student achieve his/her goals.