About the College

College of Biological Sciences faculty and students advance knowledge of how life works and put that knowledge to work to address health and environmental challenges.

Our Mission

The mission of the College of Biological Sciences is to deliver cutting-edge, internationally recognized research and teaching at all levels of biological organization – from molecules to ecosystems. While preparing today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow, CBS promotes collaborative research within and beyond the University to advance knowledge and find solutions that improve human health and the environment locally, nationally and globally.

College Overview

The College of Biological Sciences brings together the necessary ingredients to advance knowledge of how life works and put that knowledge to work to improve our quality of life.

The College of Biological Sciences encompasses the full breadth and depth of the discipline with departments, majors and graduate programs spanning the biological sciences. Students and faculty explore living systems at every scale from proteins and enzymes to entire ecosystems. Understanding how life works is the first step toward finding solutions to some of our most vexing environmental and health challenges. Our field-shaping faculty continue to expand research in emerging areas of the biological sciences from genomics to synthetic biology.

Academics

At the College of Biological Sciences, undergraduates are introduced to biology in active-learning classrooms where they drive discussion and discovery. The College has developed signature programs that set the CBS experience apart including: Undergraduates start their collegiate journey at Nature of Life at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories where they meet faculty, make friends and learn biology in a living laboratory at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Back on campus, first-year students join one of seven guilds named after University of Minnesota biology notables. Being part of a community-within-a-community provides them with even more opportunities to connect. They also continue to learn biology by doing biology in active-learning classrooms in the award-winning year-long Foundations of Biology course sequence.

Research

One of only two colleges in the country dedicated to the biological sciences, the College brings together researchers who are advancing knowledge of life at every scale from molecules to ecosystems. CBS researchers make discoveries across the biological sciences from illuminating the mechanisms of cancer to engineering enzymes to clean up pollutants in the environment. The College’s award-winning faculty are leaders in their fields. The College has invested in building capacity at the leading edge of the biological sciences as part of a drive to foster collaboration and build research momentum in key areas. The first of its kind, our Department of Biology Teaching and Learning builds on the College’s reputation for innovation in biology education. Faculty in the department investigate evidence-based strategies to transform biology education.

Outreach

Sharing our science with the broader community is a critical part of our mission. College of Biological Sciences scientists and students interact with the public in a variety of ways ranging from the InSciEd Out K12 program to Market Science, which brings science lessons to farmers markets around the state. Research field stations are another important touchpoint. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve offers many opportunities for the public and students to learn about ecology and long-term research. On campus, visitors to the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory can experience the region's most diverse collection of plants.

A snapshot of CBS

  • 8 undergraduate majors
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 5 departments
  • 2 research field stations
  • 2,190 undergraduates [fall 2017]
  • 258 graduate students [fall 2017]
  • 141 tenured and tenure-track faculty

The Campaign for the College of Biological Sciences

Great Science at a Grand Scale

Four-Year Scholarships

  • Expand four-year need- and merit-based scholarships to more incoming students.

Active-Learning Labs

  • Sustain our national leadership in biology education innovation.

Minnesota Ecology Walk

  • Create more opportunities for the public to encounter and learn about Minnesota's ecosystems.

Faculty Diversity

  • Increase the diversity of our faculty by creating a new pathway for Ph.D.s.

Endowed Chair in BTL

  • Sustain our national leadership in biology education innovation.

CBS Conservatory

  • Give more students the opportunity to experience the incredible diversity of plants from around the world.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

  • Advance cross-disciplinary research through collaboration across sectors.

College Greats

Welcome to the CBS Hall of Fame!

Award-winning faculty and staff

  • CBS faculty and staff have received hundreds of local and national awards for their teaching, research, and service.

Student achievements and awards

  • From scholarship recipients to national award winners, learn more about our incredible study body.

Equity and diversity awards

  • Diversity and inclusion are necessary to achieve breakthrough discoveries and to prepare today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow.

Honorary degree recipients

  • An honorary degree from the University of Minnesota, given by the College for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.

Notable faculty + alumni

  • CBS is home to many notable names in the field of biology, those who have reached exceptional achievement in a professional field.
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Impactful, Interdisciplinary Research

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College of Biological Sciences, 123 Snyder Hall, 1475 Gortner Ave
MN 55108 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA