Curious|Interested|Passionate about lifelong learning?
Join our Biology program!

Biology is key to understanding how our world and bodies work. This well-rounded major will allow you job opportunities in diverse fields with expected growth because biology permeates our lives, health, and environment. Biology is the perfect fit for someone curious and interested in lifelong learning.


Why Study Biology at CSB+SJU?

When you study biology at CSB and SJU, you are entering a close-knit, welcoming community with small class sizes. This allows our faculty to give you the personal attention you need to nurture your passion and career path. Our students enjoy the opportunity to study in a location with abundant natural resources available right outside the classroom door.

As a biology major, you are given the resources to stand out. CSB and SJU has partnerships with prominent businesses and organizations where our students can showcase their skills through opportunities like professional internships, research positions, the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program and the Innovation Partners Program.

The biology program at CSB and SJU is designed with the student in mind, giving you the flexibility to study abroad, participate in co-curricular activities, or add on a minor. Many biology students take advantage of study abroad opportunities, including biology offerings in Tanzania, Bahamas, or Galapagos.


Program Overview

Our biology program offers students an opportunity to dive into health and environmental biology. The Biology Department has state-of-the-art labs as well as the chance for students to study in abundant natural land resources. As a biology student at CSB and SJU, you are able to take part in Health, Environment, or Molecular areas.

As a biology student, there are numerous ways to engage with other students, alums, and professionals to learn more about various areas of expertise and tips and tricks for getting jobs or getting into grad school.

From the first semester, students begin to do independent research. They work closely with our faculty on diverse projects inside and outside of classes, including our 10-week paid Summer Research Program.

Meet the Profs


Hands-on Learning

Advising, Internships, Safety

Student Resources

Life as a Biology Major

Learning Outcomes
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Schaefer
Chair, Biology Department
SJU PEngl 303