Suomi College of Arts & Sciences


Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art in Biology

Explore the science of life with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art degree in Biology.

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Our faculty strives to provide an innovative educational experience involving collaborative and independent achievements in the classroom, laboratory and field. Students regularly take field trips to various locations throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula as part of their coursework and study. Faculty also assist students in finding internships. It is our aspiration that students not only study, but also appreciate life, with all its inherit unity, diversity and intricacy.


A degree in Biology opens up a number of different career paths for graduates. Finlandia’s biology program prepares students to enter the workforce right after graduation or to continue their studies for an advanced degree. Our students normally pursue careers in environmental science or pre-med, however, the program can be tailored to a student’s interests.



As a member of the Biology Club, students can build lasting friendships with other students interested in biology. The club is open to all students interested in biology, not just majors. Perks of the club include field trips, social outings, career progression, volunteer opportunities and research opportunities.


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Biology in the News

Suomi College of Arts & Sciences Invites All to Senior Capstone Presentations

April 22, 2019

The time of year has come for Finlandia University seniors to begin wrapping up their studies, and begin to think about the future. Suomi College of Arts & Sciences (SCAS) seniors will be presenting on their capstones Thursday, May 2 in Wargelin Hall in Classroom 303.

SCAS Capstones are projects theorized, researched, completed and presented upon by senior students here at FinnU. For the last few years, Finlandia has opened its doors and welcomed anyone to come for the presentations.

The college […] Read More

Leading the Pride
Leading the Pride featuring future D.O. and Biology alum, Matthew McLaughlin (’17)

October 24, 2018

Leading the Pride is a monthly podcast that focuses on accomplished Suomi College and Finlandia University alumni. This month’s guest is Matthew McLaughlin (‘17), who was one of the first graduates from Finlandia’s new Biology program. McLaughlin was also a graduate of the ROTC program, a four year hockey player and the Class of 2017 student speaker. He commissioned into the US Army as a second lieutenant after college and is currently […] Read More

Ashok Khanal
Finlandia welcomes new Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ashok Khanal

August 22, 2018

Finlandia University is pleased to welcome new Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ashok Khanal.

Khanal brings a wealth of experience in teaching and chemistry to the position. Originally from Nepal, Khanal earned his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science in Organic Chemistry from Tribhuvan University

Although Khanal loves chemistry now, he said it wasn’t always that way.

“Up until my undergraduate experience, I wasn’t passionate about it,” said Khanal. “But after I […] Read More


  • Communication: Create unified, coherent reports and presentations that integrate external sources.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking/Communication: Critically analyze and interpret concepts and alternative theses based on empirical evidence.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking/Creative Insight/Communication: Design, conduct, analyze, interpret, and present biological research.
  • Personal Perspective/Global Perspective: Discuss the implications of biological discoveries and innovations on the individual and society.



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Faculty and Staff

Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences