Mission statement: The Department of Biological Sciences integrates exceptional biological research and diverse learning opportunities to provide everyone with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world.
The Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU is home to 22 faculty members and more than 40 graduate students who are involved in modern scientific research that crosses all levels of biological organization. Top scientists from around the world have joined our team and competitively obtain funding to find answers to biological questions in molecular and cellular biology, evolution, population biology, and ecology. NDSU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Doctoral University – high research activity and has been listed in the top 100 public research universities in the United States. The Department of Biological Sciences is proud and energized to be a part of this achievement.
Undergraduate Biology majors in our department can choose among several degree emphases, including Biomedical Sciences, Ecology and Conservation Science, and Environmental Science. Graduate students can obtain MS and PhD degrees in Biology. In addition, five interdepartmental graduate programs are offered: Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Genomics and Bioinformatics, and STEM Education.