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Biology Programs


The Biology Department offers a biology major in which a WSU student may select one of seven options:

  • Allied Health
  • Cell & Molecular
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science (Teaching)
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Radiography

Each of these options leads to a BS degree and allows for many career opportunities.

The Biology Department also offers a major in medical laboratory science. Students interested in the medical laboratory science major should contact the program director as soon as possible after arriving on campus.


For students majoring in other fields, the Biology Department offers a minor (27-28 S.H.), which includes courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. This minor is designed to supplement majors in all fields of study at Winona State University.

Pre-Professional Sequences

The Biology Department sponsors eight pre-professional sequences. These are not degree programs (i.e., major or minor) at WSU.

Rather, these programs are designed to prepare students to pursue an advanced degree at another college or university.

Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science Major (MLS) is offered in conjunction with several clinical internship sites.

This Bachelor of Science major is intended for career minded students interested in pursuing certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientists by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

The medical laboratory scientist assists the physician by providing vital quantitative information needed in diagnoses and therapeutic management of patients.

Employment will be in a medical laboratory setting, working with human body fluids and tissues.

Professional Science Master

Students also have the option to pursue a Professional Science Masters degree at WSU.

Large River Studies

The Large River Studies Center (LRSC) was established to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on large river ecosystems and associated bodies of water.

This mission was established in recognition of the critical importance of educating students on the importance of research as part of their total educational experience and to provide a better understanding of the fundamental role of science - addressing questions relevant to science and society.

The LRSC is also responsible for disseminating information about the upper Mississippi River and other large river ecosystems to local, regional and scientific communities.