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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.


You are typically admitted into Teacher Education during your sophomore year or beginning of your junior year of college. Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website:
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1. Classes involve field study in local areas such as the Fish Hatchery, Lake Ashtabula, and the Sheyenne River Valley.
2. There are 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.
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.
  • Program Contact

    For specific questions about the content of the courses or the nature of the program.
    Andre DeLorme
    Professor / Dir. of Prairie Waters Education/Research Center
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  • Enrollment Services Representative

    For all general questions, especially for students new to VCSU.
    Kaleen Peterson
    Homepage: Click here

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