We offer the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty to perform cutting-edge research relevant to the world of science, in the fields of biology, immunology, environmental science, animal behavior, genetics and development. We also offer off-campus research internships, which allow you to participate in semester-long opportunities with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Zoo, the University of Minnesota, 3M Corporation, the County Department of Agriculture, and numerous biomedical research companies in the Twin Cities area.
The biology program offers a terrific forum for NWC biology students to present their scientific data from their research with NWC faculty or research from external internships. The Biology Symposium is a regional biology conference held on campus at the end of the spring semester. Open to the Twin Cities scientific community, the Symposium draws more than 100 participants and students from at least five different area colleges. All NWC biology majors are encouraged to attend the symposium to see what their friends, classmates and professors have been studying in their research. It is a great chance for students to experience a scientific conference setting and learn about scientific research.
Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
This prestigious National Biology Honors Society provides educational and service opportunities to biology students. Membership is based on sophomore class standing and GPA. Members plan and participate in society sponsored activities such as guest speakers, career round-table discussions, field trips, presentation of research, community service and social gatherings. Contact Dr. Joanna Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Northwestern is one of over 50 colleges and universities participating in the Au Sable Institute's academic program, which allows students to take transferable courses, engage in scholarship, gain field experience and develop tools for environmental stewardship. The program provides programs that take seriously both science and theology. Learn more about the opportunities at Au Sable Institute.
Departmental Employment Opportunities
Off-Campus Research Internships
Participate in semester-long or summer opportunities with numerous Twin Cities businesses and biomedical research companies such as the 3M Corporation and Minnesota Zoo.
Research marine biology in Japan on a research exchange program at the University of Tokyo or study marine animals in the Caribbean Sea. Other students have studied in Quito, Ecuador, working in hospitals and clinics.