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A Solid Foundation in Biology Starts Here

Immerse yourself in our natural world which vibrates with visible and invisible life. In your classes in biology, you’ll be fascinated by things like plant life cycles, human genetics, emerging diseases, animal diversity and tiny microbes like bacteria. 

Classes in biology combine lectures and lab work. You’ll learn to use scientific processes and a microscope and build writing and presentation skills. Also, you’ll find out how scientists do their jobs, and how scientific breakthroughs occur. 

The classes are taught by faculty who love to teach. They draw upon a variety of interests and experiences to round out your biology education, too. 


Why Should You Take Classes in Biology at Normandale?

Earning an associate degree in biology at Normandale is a great starting point for a four-year STEM-related degree:

  • The typical biology course only has 16-24 students in a lab section. 
  • The faculty are available for one-on-one help if you get stuck. 
  • It’s easy to transfer to a four-year university as a junior when you earn an A.S. in Biology. 
  • You’ll pay far less for transferable biology courses here than at a four-year university.

Yusra Mohamed, a student working on her Associate Degree in Biology discusses her experience at Normandale Community College.

" I really, really liked my biology class, that’s why I’m studying biology now – I’m going to do pre-med. I did not really care for biology too much but then I took a biology class here and fell in love with it.”

Yusra Mohamed, ‘21 , Normandale biology student

What Can You do with an Associate Degree in Biology?

Biologists are trained to do a wide range of jobs like: 

  • Discovering new medicines for diseases. 
  • Using microorganisms to restore a forest. 
  • Solving crimes by analyzing DNA. 
  • Supervising state and national parks. 

Students who earn their associate degree in biology at Normandale transfer to complete bachelor’s degrees at Minnesota State Universities, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota private colleges and universities and the University of Wisconsin.  Some of our alumni go on to pursue graduate degrees in biology and the health professions. 

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Academy of Math and Science

Pursuing a STEM-related degree? Take advantage of the scholarship, peer support, and professional advisers available through this on-campus Academy.

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The lab is a place where you interact with organisms, work with scientific equipment, and learn how scientists think.

Biology Program Basics

Biology Faculty and Staff

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