Department of Biology & Biochemistry


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Department of Biology & Biochemistry


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early College online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early College online classes

Investigate connections of living things, from molecules to ecosystems, in a faith-based program. Work with Christ-centered professors on real-world research. Prepare to be confident stepping into the workplace or pursue advanced study in medical and scientific fields.

Biology may be the right degree for you if you

  • are interested in research
  • are curious about why things work the way they do
  • appreciate God's design in nature
  • have an interest in medicine or other scientific fields
  • are willing to work hard and passionate about serving

Why study biology at Northwestern?

At Northwestern, you'll work alongside Christ-centered professors on research projects in their areas of expertise. Small class sizes allow you to learn from and engage with professors and classmates. UNW Biology students can also compete in the Mayo Clinic-sponsored IMPACT research program, study in the Boundary Waters with Northwestern professors, and take advantage of Minnesota’s thriving biology industries. Northwestern also offers the Wildes/Stevens Environmental Science Research Program, a competitive program with a stipend.

The Biology program has four tracks

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Pre-Medical/Pre-Professional
  • General Biology

This degree lays the foundation for careers in medicine, laboratory research, ecology, conservation, and other scientific fields.

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Careers in biology

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in biology.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Product development
  • Industrial quality control
  • Technical sales
  • Analysis and testing
  • Environmental protection and research
  • Legal, medical and scientific research
  • Food science and research
  • Forensic technician
  • Aquatic biologist
  • Laboratory or blood bank testing/technology
  • Botany technician
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Forestry or park ranger
  • Histology or microbiology technician
  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Chiropractic school
  • Physical Therapy school
  • Veterinary school
  • Public Health

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Colleges and universities
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical companies
  • Public health agencies
  • Federal/state/local government laboratories & agencies
  • State/national parks
  • Medical research laboratories
  • Private research foundations
  • Agriculture and food production industries
  • Zoos

Strategies for success:

  • A Bachelor’s degree will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist, or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks, and gardens.
  • An undergraduate degree can also be used for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography, and legislation.
  • The biological sciences are good preparation for a career in healthcare such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, but professional degrees and licenses are also necessary.
  • Read scientific journals related to your area of interest.
  • Learn federal, state, and local government job application process. The federal government is the largest employer of biologists.
  • Gain experience with grant writing and fundraising techniques. Often, research must be funded in this manner.
  • Develop multiple areas of specialization through coursework, minors, or double-majors in molecular biology, mathematics, statistics, or computer science.
  • Become familiar with the specific entrance exam for graduate or professional schools in your area of interest.
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of biology graduates who followed our review program were accepted into medical school


Twin Cities businesses and biomedical research companies such as 3M Corporation and Minnesota Zoo


tracks available in this degree

What will I learn?

You will learn to think critically and perform research while studying cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and ecology.

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