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CBS at a glance



  • High-impact research  CBS researchers are making critical discoveries across the biological sciences. A few examples include Reuben Harris’ breast cancer insights, the global ecology findings made possible through Nutrient Network founders Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom and Dan Voytas’ revolutionary pinpoint approach to editing genes. Explore faculty profiles and faculty lab sites.
  • World-class facilities  CBS is part of one of the largest research universities in the country and our facilities reflect that investment in research. Check out this overview of facilities available to faculty researchers.
  • Field research resources  The college is home to two unique research stations — Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, where modern ecosystem science was born and where acclaimed ecologist Dave Tilman made his groundbreaking discoveries about biodiversity, and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, a pristine living laboratory at the headwaters of the Mississippi River where CBS students begin their undergraduate experience.
  • Undergraduate research  All students no matter when they begin their journey with us – have an undergraduate research experience. Many end up in faculty labs. Hear from current students about their undergraduates research experiences.


  • By the numbers  In 2015, the college had 2,163 undergraduate students including 531 first-year undergraduate students and 249 graduate students were enrolled in CBS graduate programs.
  • Student standouts  CBS undergraduates have won Goldwater Scholarships, Fulbright Awards and many University honors. Check out our award-winning students and student features.


  • By the numbers  145 tenured and tenure-track faculty  // 6 endowed chairs* // 34 UMN distinguished teaching award winners*  // 5 National Academy of Science members   (*current and emeritus)
  • Extraordinary educators  At CBS, our faculty are as talented in the classroom as they are in the lab and it shows in their engagement with students. Check out faculty awards recipients.