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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 you not only study, but also appreciate life, with all its inherent 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.



You have the option of choosing between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. You do not need to decide which path you want at admission; you can decide in your 2nd or 3rd year. Both are great choices for your education. Explore the differences below:

Bachelor of Science

The B.S. option is best for students that want a more science-intensive education. Specifically, the B.S. requires higher math (Calculus I) and more credits of science (Physics and Organic Chemistry). The B.S. option should appeal to students looking for advanced education and degrees as these extra math and science requirements are necessary for medical school or graduate school. The B.S. option can appeal to employers that want job candidates that have a more rigorous science training, such as for technicians or clinicians.

Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. option should appeal to students that want a science education but also want a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. Students will take a few more courses in the humanities and social sciences than their B.S. counterparts. This will appeal for graduate programs that are auxiliary with science like public health or community relations. The B.A. option is ideal for careers that will require science knowledge as a background and integrating it with other aspects, such as with sales representatives and consultants.


As a member of the Biology Club, you 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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Finlandia University Teach-Out Institutions

May 16, 2023

Updated May 16, 2023

On Thursday, March 2, Finlandia University’s Board of Trustees announced that FinnU will not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Announced Tuesday, March 14, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to dissolve the institution and wind up affairs in an orderly manner.

Finlandia has finalized eight Teach-Out Agreements with Adrian College, Bay College, Michigan Technological University, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Northern Michigan University, University of Dubuque, Waldorf University, and Wartburg College. Several non-partnering institutions have […] Read More

Relive Graduation Day 2023 at Finlandia University | Photo Gallery & Livestreams

May 11, 2023

Finlandia University held its final Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. Following commencement, a commendation service was held for Finlandia University students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and friends, commending the University and its 126 years of service.

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Finlandia honors legacy, Class of 2023 with final commencement and commendation ceremonies

May 10, 2023

Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia University held its final spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. In March, the University announced the decision to dissolve the institution and not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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President Timothy Pinnow congratulates student at FinnU’s Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

Delivering the welcome address was Board Trustee Stephen Nikander, whose great-grandfather founded the institution and whose grandfather served […] 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.


Faculty and Staff

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication


Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology

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