Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Biology Degree Program Overview

Four year degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Biology major is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree program designed to prepare students for a career as a professional biologist, or to provide the essential background for entrance into graduate school or professional programs. Students planning to attend graduate school or professional school should consult with their advisor and plan a program of study that meets the requirements of a particular school.

Biology Degree Program Highlights

A typical Biology major requires 124 credits of coursework. The major is designed such that a broad foundation in the Biological Sciences is provided.


Biology graduates will:

  • Be able to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats
  • Demonstrate a broad, relevant knowledge base in biological science
  • Exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to search for and access academic sources of information to synthesize the information, and evaluate it for relevance and reliability
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the lab
  • Recognize the role of the individual and society in understanding and improving the natural environment
  • Be competitive in gaining admittance to professional or graduate schools, or in securing employment requiring a baccalaureate

Career outlook for Biology Majors

A BA or BS degree in biology is a very versatile degree, with critical thinking skills and broad, foundational training gained in areas ranging from cellular/molecular biology to organismal biology to ecological systems. Equipped with such a background, biology majors may pursue paths in education, biomedical industry, scientific research, wildlife and conservation biology, environmental science, or professional health care fields (e.g. dentistry, medicine, chiropractic medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry). Many University of Mary biology majors have successfully gained entrance into professional schools (dentistry, medical, veterinary, etc.) or graduate school. 

Required courses:  

BIO 103, 106, 311, 354, 480; CHE 111, 112, 217, and any upper level chemistry class; PHY 203, 304; MAT 209 and one of the following: MAT 204, 206, or 210; ALU 499.

Elective courses:

Students must take five additional 300-400 level biology courses selected from three areas of study to complete the major. These electives are in addition to the required biology courses and must total a minimum of 20 semester hours.

Recommended courses:

Students are urged to consider taking the following as electives to strengthen the major: MAT 204 or a foreign language.

Minor sequence in Biology (20 semester credits):

BIO 103, 106; three Biology courses of 300 level or higher.


Students interested in Wildlife Conservation may qualify for the EcoWeb Scholarship program. Go to  for more info.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisors: Dr. Christine Fleischacker, Sr. Nicole Kunze, Dr. Michael Lares (administrative chair), Dr. Michelle Lett, Dr. Jim Maskey, Dr. Margaret Nordlie, Dr. David Ronderos