Winona State University Biology

Our mission is simple —to promote student success

  1. Providing a high-quality undergraduate education used as a solid foundation for further growth.
  2. Promoting student-driven research and scholarship exposing students to the possibilities of a fully realized educational experience

These goals ensure that our graduates remain competitive in an ever expanding and evolving biology-centered job market as well as play influential and positive roles in our communities.

Why Biology

Biology offers thriving career options. A degree in biology lays the foundation for a bright future in a wide variety of areas. Many positions that require a background in biology are growing areas of the job market.

The need for physicians and surgeons is expected to increase by about 18% over the next decade.

WSU's pre-professional training of doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and clinical lab scientists (CLS) will develop fundamental knowledge, as well as provide hands-on practical skills using the latest equipment required to be successful.

Program Features

  • Opportunity to study in the Driftless Zone, an area bypassed by continental glaciers resulting in untouched topography.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities are equipped with instruments that are available for hands-on use by students both as part of the laboratory section of their biology courses and in their individual research projects.
  • Large River Studies Center provides WSU biology students the opportunity to conduct research on the large river ecosystems and associated bodies of water.
  • Large greenhouse located on campus to help students.
  • Highly engaged faculty from around the globe with international affiliations.
  • In collaboration with Winona Health Hospital, a new opportunity for students to perform the latest hands-on clinical research.

  • Human Cadaver Dissection Lab
Students taking anatomy and physiology courses in the Biology Department at WSU have the unique opportunity to supplement their study of human anatomy through the use of male and female cadavers. This allows undergraduate students in biology, nursing, athletic training, and exercise science to appreciate the complexity and 3D spatial relationships of structures more fully in the human body.

High achieving Biology majors also have the opportunity to perform regional dissections under the supervision of one of WSU's anatomy professors. This helps prepare students for future graduate study in the health professions, and sets them apart from their peers when apply to medical, dental, optometry, and physician assistant programs.