Biology of Global Health BS Degree Planning Guide

Note: A student cannot simultaneously major in the Biology of Global Health and either major or minor in Biology (BA or BS), Biochemistry, or Neuroscience. 


  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (4 credits)
  • BIOL 208 Biological Communication and Energetics (4 credits)
  • BIOL 209 Biology of Sustainability (4 credits)


  • Eight additional credits in biology courses numbered 200 or above, selected in consultation with the department chair.

Note: CHEM 440 Biochemistry I cannot be counted towards the Biology minor. 

About Biochemistry

Link to Biochemistry Degree Planning Guide

The interface between chemistry and biology has been a rapidly growing area since the 1960s as research efforts in new fields of genetic engineering, structural biology, molecular modeling, and biotechnology have intensified. This trend is reflected both in an increased demand for graduate students in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as biotechnology and related fields. To satisfy these demands, biochemistry majors and/or departments have been created at numerous colleges and universities, and have proven quite successful at attracting students and placing their graduates. 

Biochemistry is a rigorous interdisciplinary laboratory science.   
The study of living systems at the molecular level integrates biological and chemical concepts as well as specific knowledge and skills from allied fields such as physics, mathematics and computer science.  Biochemists are scientists trained to communicate across disciplines and to apply these skills in a wide variety of settings.  

Biochemistry provides skill sets required by industry. 
The skills and knowledge acquired by biochemistry students are highly sought after by the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  The Twin Cities area is a major center for these industries, many of which offer undergraduate summer internship opportunities.  

Biochemistry provides skill sets required by graduate schools.  
A biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for entry into graduate programs in biochemistry, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular genetics, neurology, bio-informatics, ecology and other specialized fields.

Biochemistry provides skill sets required by health professional schools.  
The biochemistry degree program provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in the health profession.

For more information about the course requirements for biochemistry majors, please visit the Biochemistry website

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science program focused on solving environmental problems that lie at the interface between biology, chemistry, and geology. Students participate in one of three concentrations (biology, chemistry, or geology) leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, each of which contains substantial coursework from each of these disciplines. This program provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in conservation biology, environmental science, earth system science, or other environmentally-focused programs of study in the sciences. It also provides solid preparation for students planning other types of environmental careers, such as environmental consulting, law, policy, or research.

For more information about the environmental science program, please visit their website

The Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary, research-intensive major that combines coursework in several disciplines with neuroscience-specific experiences in both classrooms and labs. Neuroscience is one of the ten most-popular majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, and eight full-time faculty from the Biology and Psychology departments are affiliated with the program.

Our curriculum is organized in two tiers. During the first two years, students complete foundational coursework in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. In the Junior and Senior years, students choose from several upper division courses that span several fields within neuroscience, biology and psychology.

Engaging undergraduates in research is a core emphasis for our faculty, and all of our faculty collaborate with undergraduate students in their research. We also have an active student group (the Neuroscience Club) and a chapter of the national neuroscience honor society (Nu Rho Psi) on campus.

Undergraduate neuroscience at St. Thomas is unique among institutions. Because we are larger than a small college, we have more resources to teach our students in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, more active faculty to give our students exposure to the latest findings and current issues in the field, and more students to provide a diverse, dynamic academic environment. At the same time, we are small enough that our faculty develop personal relationships with our students, and provide opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge research in both laboratory and field settings.

For more information about the neuroscience program, please visit their website. 

  • Elementary Education with a Co-major in Science and Mathematics for Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education with a Specialty in Science (5-8)
  • Co-major in Science (5-8) – Life Science (9-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

For more information about the Teacher Licensure program, please visit the undergraduate admissions website