Biology is the study of life, from the simplest cells to the most complex ecosystems. Students studying biology develop an understanding of their own lives and an appreciation of their connection to the natural world. Metropolitan State University offers two degrees in biology, a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts. The biology degrees provide students with scientific knowledge, laboratory skills, research experience, and intellectual training in analytical and quantitative reasoning.


Biologists find employment in a wide range of fields, including health care, food, pharmacology, agriculture, public health, biotechnology, and natural resource management. Many biology graduates continue on to professional and graduate programs in health care, research, and education.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology Program

The bachelor of arts in biology offers students a comprehensive introduction to biological science followed by advanced study in at least one area of individual interest and allows students the flexibility to pursue their own academic interests as part of their degree program. Students earning the bachelor of arts in biology are encouraged to include a minor or second language in their program of study.

Transfer Pathway

Transfer Pathways offer students a powerful option: the opportunity to transfer to Metropolitan State, or one of the other six Minnesota State universities. with junior-year status after completing the Business Transfer Pathway AS at one of our partner institutions. The  curriculum has been specifically designed so that all courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field. Visit Metropolitan State University’s Transfer Resources for more information.