Environmental Biology Major

The environmental biology major at Saint Mary’s accommodates a wide variety of student interests and career goals.

It may lead directly to employment in a career in the environmental field, but also serves as excellent preparation for advanced study. This major is suited for those who desire to enter such areas as zoology, aquatic biology, water quality management, fisheries biology, wildlife ecology, environmental toxicology, environmental planning, natural resource management, and conservation biology.

Saint Mary’s Winona Campus offers biology students access to a diversity of ecological communities.

Career Options

Environmental consultants; field biologists; fisheries biologists; environmental educators; conservation biologists; outdoor naturalists and interpreters; water resources technician planners; wildlife biologists.

High School Preparation

Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Physics.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in environmental biology oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in chemistry or physics.

Degree Requirements

Environmental Biology Major, B.A.

A. All of the following:

  • B212 General Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • B214 General Biology II: Form and Function of Animals and Plants (3 credits)
  • B216 General Biology III: Ecology, Evolution and Biological Diversity (3 credits)
  • B221 Biology Field Experience (1 credit)
  • B223 Biology Laboratory Experience (1 credit)
  • C131 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C133 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C142 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • C144 General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C321 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C323 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)

B. Either M148 and M149 or M151:

  • M148 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 1) (4 credits)
  • M149 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 2) (4 credits)
  • M151 Calculus I (4 credits)

C. All of the following:

  • B301 Ecology with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • B315 GIS Theory and Applications with Laboratory (2 credits)
  • B318 Evolution and Population Genetics (3 credits)
  • B323 Plant Communities and Taxonomy with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B331 Aquatic Ecology with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B392 Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • B460 Sustainable Resource Policy and Management (3 credits)

D. One of the following:

  • B310 Genetics with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • B313 Physiology with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • B434 Microbiology with Laboratory (3 credits)

E. One of the following:

  • B490 Fisheries Biology with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B491 Wildlife Ecology and Management with Laboratory (3 credits)

F. One of the following:

  • B321 Global Change Biology (3 credits)
  • B361 Animal Behavior (3 credits)

G. Either

Students may take B492 Experimental Planning and B493 Biology Research and Thesis, or B494 Environmental Experience (off-campus).

  • B492 Experimental Planning (1 credit)
  • B493 Biology Research and Thesis (2 credits)
  • B494 Environmental Experience (5 credits)

Recommended elective courses:

  • B210 Introduction to Mammalogy with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B320 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
  • B371 Ornithology with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B384 Pollution Ecology with Laboratory (3 credits)
  • B475 Ichthyology with Laboratory (3 credits)

Environmental Biology Minor

A. All of the following:

  • B212 General Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • B214 General Biology II: Form and Function of Animals and Plants (3 credits)
  • B216 General Biology III: Ecology, Evolution and Biological Diversity (3 credits)
  • B221 Biology Field Experience (1 credit)
  • B223 Biology Laboratory Experience (1 credit)

B. 13 additional credits:

  • 13 additional credits, which may not include courses specifically designed for non-science majors, chosen in consultation with a member of the biology department.

Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to making college accessible and affordable.

We strive to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while delivering an excellent private education. Approximately 99 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

2019-20 Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition*: $36,050
  • Room**: $5,230
  • Board: $4,120
  • Activity fee: $170
  • Technology fee: $370
  • Laundry fee: $80

* Additional tuition for 3+2 PA Program $3,550

** Additional fee for the following residences:

  • Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
  • Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
  • Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600

Additional Fees (if applicable)

  • Per credit instruction $1,200
  • Per credit audit $600
  • Foreign study fee:
    • London $1,420
    • All others $650
  • Commencement fee $190 (2019-2020 graduates)
  • Late registration (per class) $50 (after add/drop period)
  • N.S.F./Returned check or A.C.H. $20

Deposit

New students who have been admitted are asked to confirm their attendance by sending a $300 non-refundable deposit to the university. Returning students must pay a $250 housing deposit prior to housing registration. This deposit is credited to the student's account.

Fall 2019 Application Timelines

Rolling Admission

If you've missed the January 15th deadline, don't worry! You can still apply, thanks to our rolling admission policy. There are lots of scholarships and financial awards available for first-time freshmen at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Students who submit and complete their admission file after January 16, will be reviewed and receive an admission decision 1-2 weeks after submitting their admission file.

Early Action I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: October 15
  • Decisions Announced: November 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Early Action II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: November 15
  • Decisions Announced: December 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: December 15
  • Decisions Announced: January 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: January 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: January 15
  • Decisions Announced: February 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: February 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 21, 2019
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