Department of Biology & Biochemistry


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

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 multiple tracks

  • Cellular and Molecular 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
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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

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