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Why the College of Biological Sciences?

CBS offers students access to unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and grow academically, professionally and personally. But don’t take out word for it. Hear what students and alumni have to say! You can also check out our viewbook to get a more in-depth look of life in CBS. 



Learn biology by doing biology 

At CBS, we know the best way to learn biology is by doing it. From our signature programs such as Nature of Life and the year-long Foundations of Biology course sequence where you solve real-world problems to faculty labs and field stations, you will put your knowledge to work. 

Jessica Tarnowski

​“Team-based learning and discovery were a big part of my CBS experience, and that ease working with others is really important in my current role,” Jessica Tarnowski, recent CBS alum 

Learn more about Nature of Life and Foundations of Biology

​A world of opportunity 

With eight majors that span the biological sciences, the college offers many excellent options. But the opportunities don't stop in the classroom. As a CBS student, you can also study abroad, get your hands dirty with field biology, work in faculty labs, gain leadership experience and participate in student organizations.

Beau Miller

“I had a chance to participate in research and work alongside professors who are making scientific breakthroughs. And I know my critical thinking skills are far better having graduated from CBS,” Beau Miller 

Learn more about: CBS majors, undergraduate research, learning abroad, and student groups and programs

Exceptional support and a sense of community 

Ask CBS students what distinguishes the college and "community" is sure to come up. That’s no accident. From the very start of the undergraduate experience, CBS provides the support and resources for students to form lasting bonds and develop as scholars, researchers and leaders.

Sey Lee

“CBS is my support system. It is an inclusive community of motivated leaders driven by a passion to insert more goodness and positivity in the world and devotion to building strong students,” Sey Lee

Learn more about: academic advisingpre-health planningCBS guilds and career support

Location, location, location 

The only large public research university located in a major urban center with one of the only colleges in the country devoted to the biological sciences, this is a great place to study biology. CBS is an incubator for talent to fill positions at the Twin Cities many biotech and health care-related employers.

Akila Pai

“As an intern at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, I was paired with (the) chief of vascular and endovascular surgery. ... The main project we worked on was focused on developing an algorithm to reduce cost of care, improve outcomes and standardize treatment for critical limb ischemia patients,” Akila Pai


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