The Biology major is designed to give you a broad preparation and experience for a variety of biology related fields. We also have an emphasis in preparing you for professional schools and graduate work.
Practical experience opportunities that are not part of any regular program exist on and off campus to provide sound practical experience, such as student assistants, research experiences in our research labs, participation in the campus-tutoring programs, field studies, and biological travel tours. Internships at numerous facilities (such as Northern Prairie Research Center, Mercy Hospital, and the Fish Hatchery) are available to you to develop and apply your skills.
WHAT 5 THINGS MAKE US DIFFERENT?
1. Classes involve field study in local areas such as the Fish Hatchery, Lake Ashtabula, and the Sheyenne River Valley.
2. There are two well equipped research labs and you are encouraged to be involved in research.
3. VCSU prepares you by educating you with hands on opportunities that are usually reserved for graduate students. Our students run the planetarium, conduct research, and gather samples.
4. Students travel to regional and national scientific meetings to present on their current research.
5. All faculty members in the program have earned their Ph.D. Several have research grants and research labs which they run with the assistance of VCSU students.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
The Rhoades Science Center includes a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies. Students have access to:
• A fully equipped Aquatic Macro invertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research laboratory
• Weather stations
• River gauge station
• Fish hatchery
• The dam and reservoir at Lake Ashtabula
• The Soil Conservation Service
• North Dakota State Extension Service.
• Biology faculty have ongoing connections with
North Dakota Department of Health, ND Parks and
Recreation, Northern Prairie
• Wildlife Research Center, and the US Army Corps
of engineers and with faculty involved in graduate
programs at UND and NDSU.