Biology Degree

Take the First Step to a Career in Healthcare or Science

A biology degree from Montana State University-Northern provides a strong foundation in biological principles with an emphasis on molecular biology and biochemistry. The biology program offers a comprehensive undergraduate experience that will prepare you for graduate school or a career in the health sciences.

  • Earn a bachelor's in biology degree or biology minor (with teaching or non-teaching option) for a thorough education that includes laboratory and classroom coursework.
  • Gain hands-on research experience with the biology program's expert faculty.
  • Choose from a wide array of specialized classes in the biology degree that include topics in anatomy, botany, ornithology and freshwater ecology.

Bachelor's in Biology: Advanced Scientific Practice.

  • Learn the fundamentals of biological sciences and the research skills to continue in graduate studies.
  • Work with cutting-edge technology and cover advanced scientific theory with MSU-N's bachelor's in biology.
  • Explore various areas of science in addition to a wide range of in-depth biology courses to develop a foundation for a healthcare or science career.

Biology Faculty: Research-driven. Student-oriented.

Full Biology Spectrum – Take biology-specific courses in MSU-Northern's bachelor's degree program, including microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, and molecular biology and genetics, each of which is useful in different career paths such as wildlife management or healthcare.

Mathematics and Other Sciences – Develop a complete understanding of biology by also studying chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Research – Learn and practice research methodology to develop research skills in the MSU-N biology program that are critical in many biology careers.

Career Outlook for Biology

With advances in medical practice and technology, biology careers are expected to grow considerably in the next 10-20 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics separates biology occupations into a number of specific careers, but the majority are expected to grow at average or above-average rates, with a few particular disciplines booming. Those include: epidemiology, medical science, biochemistry, and biophysics. Graduates of MSU-Northern's biology program are employed in private, public, federal, and industrial sectors. A biology degree also paves the way for students wishing to pursue graduate work or advanced study in medical or pharmacy school.


Carol Reifschneider

   Office: Hagener Science Center 206
   Phone: (406) 265-4126

Vickie Clouse
   Office: Hagener Science Center 219
   Phone: (406) 265-3759

Gary Succaw
   Office: Hagener Science Center 207
   Phone: (406) 265-4153

Terri  Hildebrand
   Office: Hagener Science Center 205
   Phone: (406) 265-3735 x3329