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Mission statement:  We integrate exceptional biological research and diverse learning opportunities to provide everyone with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world.

About Us

The Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU is home to over 21 faculty members and 30 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. Strategically evolving, our department is currently recruiting researchers who use molecular and genomic techniques in their research. NDSU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as an RU/VH institution (research university – very high research activity), which includes the 108 most active research campuses in the United States.  The Department of Biological Sciences is proud and energized to be a part of this achievement.

Our department is also home to STEM education researchers. These scientists study how students learn science, and they have driven research-based change in teaching methods that have resulted in increased student success. Students in our department are actively engaged in their learning through active learning techniques, collaboration, inquiry, and other innovative and proven methods of pedagogy. Our student-centered classrooms are focused on obtaining complex levels of scientific understanding, and on developing critical thinking skills. With over 550 undergraduate majors, our department is fortunate to have many Undergraduate Learning Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants to assist students and instructors in obtaining these goals. In addition, our department offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in authentic research.

Undergraduate students in our department can choose among several degrees including biological sciences education, botany, comprehensive science education, and zoology. The zoology major has three options: 1) pre-professional studies, cell biology and physiology, 2) wildlife and fisheries biology, ecology and behavior, 3) general zoology. Graduate students can obtain masters of science and PhD degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology. 


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.

The Department of Biological Sciences is excited to be teaching course in the brand new STEM building, which opened in Spring of 2016. This building houses state of the art classrooms and teaching labs, and opens up space in our existing building for our expanding research program. 


Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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North Dakota State University
Campus address: 201 Stevens Hall
Physical/delivery address: 1340 Bolley Drive, 201 Stevens Hall Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: Biological Sciences, Dept. 2715, North Dakota State University, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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