Programs of Study

Major or Minor in Biology

Biology minors will master the basics of biology. Biology majors, once they have mastered the basics, can choose courses that are specific to the scientific field in which they are most interested.

Major in Biology Education

This major will prepare you to teach biology to grades 9-12.

General Science (5-8) Recommended endorsement for biology education majors

Science (K-6) - Optional endorsement for elementary education majors

Major or Minor in Neuroscience

Neuroscience studies how the brain and nervous system acquire, process and integrate information from the environment and how this information brings about behavior of an organism.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

4-credit field course selected from:

(all field courses include an off-campus learning experience of at least two to three days)

4-credit laboratory-based course selected from:

8 additional credits from 300- or 400-level biology courses. No more than the equivalent of 4 credits from the following may be applied toward the major:

The following cannot be counted toward a major:

The biology major field test provided by Educational Testing Service must be taken the last semester prior to graduation. The department will announce the date.

Organic chemistry, physics and mathematics are recommended courses for biology majors. For graduate work in the biological sciences, many schools require the following or their equivalents:

  • An applied statistics course such as MATH 205 - Introduction to Statistics, 4 credits.
  • Research experience such as BIOL 487, NEU 487 or BIOL 497.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach biology must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See education for requirements. For additional information about teaching biology, see the biology department chair or the chair of education.

General Science add-on education endorsement: Students majoring in biology and earning a licensure for teaching may complete an add-on option for grades 5-8 licensure. See the education section for further information.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

4 credits from 300- or 400-level biology courses

The following cannot be counted toward a minor:

Supporting courses for the minor: Biology minors should note that CHEM 127-128 are corequisites for BIOL 221-222 and prerequisites for nearly all 300- and 400-level courses in the department.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Experiential Learning – 2 credits taken as NEU 390, NEU 480, or NEU 487.

4 credits from the following neuroscience electives

8 credits from the following electives (at least 4 credits must be in a lab science):

The following courses are recommended but not required:

The neuroscience major can be completed in 40 credits; however, BIOL 222, BIOL 306, BIOL 352, BIOL 406, BIOL 411, BIOL 412, BIOL 416, BIOL 497, CHEM 128, CHEM 330, CHEM 373, CHEM 374, CHEM 431, MATH 315, MATH 316, DATA 316 and PHYS 112 have prerequisites offered in complementary majors.

PSYC 111 or equivalent is a prerequisite for PSYC 319, PSYC 318, PSYC 361, PSYC 325, and PSYC 327.

NEU 109 and junior or senior standing may be used as the prerequisite for BIOL 336, BIOL 350, and BIOL 402.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

4 additional credits from the following:

4 additional credits; at least one course from the following:

Recommended course (but not required):

The neuroscience minor can be completed in 24 credits; however, BIOL 306, BIOL 352, BIOL 406, BIOL 411, BIOL 412, BIOL 416, BIOL 497, CHEM 330, CHEM 373, CHEM 374, MATH 315, MATH 316, and PHYS 112 have prerequisites offered in complementary majors.

PSYC 111 or equivalent is a prerequisite for PSYC 318, PSYC 361, and PSYC 325.

NEU 109 and junior or senior standing may be used as the prerequisite for BIOL 336, BIOL 350, and BIOL 402.



"I think now more than ever it is important to have an education that is holistic. A liberal arts education provides ways to answer questions that aren’t black or white – to have the skills to find the answers that can't be looked up."
Dr. Jason Askvig

Unique Opportunities

Ask any current student or graduate of our program and they will tell you that our small class sizes, dedicated faculty, wide-ranging research and internship opportunities, and teaching experiences give them an edge over graduates of other undergraduate biology programs.

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.

Access to Experts in the Field

The biology department links students directly with professionals who are doing amazing things. The annual Fuglestad Lecture brings science experts to campus to talk with and interact with students about their work, such as wildlife conservationists working with tigers in Laos, or a cancer biologist from Scripps Research Institute.

Engage Young Scientific Minds

Biology students have the option to work with our innovative Science Academy program that travels to schools, libraries and community events around the region. Through various experiments and information stations, you can pique the interest of aspiring scientists.

Great Guidance

Biology is the gateway program for students who wish to enter the health professions. About 40 percent of Concordia biology graduates go on to medical, dental, veterinary or graduate schools. If you are looking to pursue a career in one of these areas, our Health Professions Advisory Council will give you expert advice on the courses and experiences that will most benefit you. 

Faculty + Student Scholarship

In core biology courses, students participate in experimental design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of that work through written papers and oral presentations.

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