Department Description: Courses in Biological Sciences involve numerous approaches to the life processes, including interactions at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, organ system, organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels.
Department Learning Outcomes:
- Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in natural science disciplines.
- Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
- Communicate experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
- Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies
Special Department Information: A number of courses in Biology do not have any special requirements, as they are designed for the inquisitive individual desiring to learn about life. There are also a number of courses that require prior knowledge gained in a prerequisite course.
Transfer Opportunities: Biology courses transfer to higher education institutions either as general electives or important components of a major. Students should check with their possible transfer institution before enrolling in a course.
Career Opportunities: Employment opportunities abound with a degree in Biology or even just a few select courses. Often students can acquire internships or summer jobs giving them a taste of what biology has to offer.
Career Titles: Biologist, Biological Technician, Lab Technician, Environmental Biologist, Nurse, Medical Doctor, Dentist, Chiropractor, Research Scientist, Geneticist, Agronomist, Entomologist, Cell Biologist, Zoologist, Botanist, Limnologist, Ecologist, Microbiologist, Pathologist, Parasitologist, Hematologist, Physiologist, Anatomist, Virologist, Neurobiologist, Horticulturist, Wildlife Biologist, Gerontologists, Taxonomist, Veterinarian, Ichthyologist, Biotechnologist, Field Biologist, Histologist, Reproduction Biologist, Immunologist, Conservation Biologist, Endocrinologist, Embryologist, Algologist, Bryologist, Evolutionary Biologist, Paleontologist, Biochemist, Marine Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Ornithologist, Biology Instructor, Pharmacologist, Toxicologist, Forensic Scientist, Herpetologist, Mycologist, Behaviorist, Aquatic Biologist, Mammalogist, Archeologist, and Biological Sales.
Sandra Kaplan has 20+ years of experience teaching students at both public and private colleges. She earned a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Physiology from Northern Arizona University and successfully completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. In addition to teaching biology, she has recently pursued training and education to also instruct Health classes and Beginning Yoga. Sandra’s joy is fueled by watching students meet their academic and career goals. She believes in total body wellness and the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge; and thinks that citizens who possess science literacy skills are empowered to make enlightened decisions and meaningful contributions to our global society. Email Sandra for more information
I am an adjunct instructor in the Biology and Chemistry departments at Central Lakes College, and a collaborator for both departments in the College in the Schools program. I love having the opportunity to interact with students and understand what drives them and how to help them learn. I believe that biology and chemistry are the roots of all life and all human beings should have a basic understanding of their general principles. I enjoy the “ah ha” moments when a student listening to a lecture or working in a lab, makes a connection between the learning activity and some aspect of their own lives and the light bulb goes on and the light in their eyes and the excitement in their voice tell me that they understand. I have been a practicing large animal veterinarian for 27 years and when I am not teaching or visiting a high school, I am working out on the farms with livestock and horses. I completed a Doctorate in Naturopathy in 2000 and have a passion for studying and using alternative therapies to treat disease, specifically Lyme disease, in both humans and animals. Along with my significant other, I also own and operate a sheep ranch where we lamb in the spring and the fall and sell feeder lambs or feed the lambs to market weight in our feed lot. The Brainerd Lakes area has grown and matured significantly since I arrived here in the late 80’s and although I wonder sometimes why I stay and endure the miserable cold winters, when summer finally comes around, and the people from the cities flock here, I know that this is indeed God’s country and while they can only spend a few days, I get to live in paradise year around. Email Ann for more information
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA I moved west after completing a bachelor in science from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Working as a bio-technician for the forest service and park service, for several years, I moved from remote areas of Alaska, to Idaho and Montana. I then settled for a few years in Colorado before moving to Minnesota to be closer to my husband’s family. As an instructor in the sciences at a community college I feel that my role is to prepare the students for their future courses in Biology related fields and also for the jobs they will be performing. All Biology courses are interesting for me to teach; however if I were to have to pick favorites I would choose Microbiology and Biology of Women. Outside of work I have a husband and two children that keep me busy. I also like to get outside when I can, and have recently taken up cross-country skiing. During the warmer months our whole family enjoys going fishing, working outside in the yard and garden, and going for hikes together in the nearby Crow Wing State Park. The Brainerd Lakes area is a wonderful place to live work and go to school. Email Elizabeth for more information