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 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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Student Spotlight: Austin Keranen, Biology

August 25, 2021

For FinnU biology student Austin Keranen, his first declared major didn’t feel like the right fit. He wanted to choose a degree that fell in line with his personal interests and made him feel enthused to learn. Since Keranen was a dual enroll student at Finlandia from Hancock Central High School, he was able to draw from that experience when declaring his biology major.

“I completed BIO 171 as a dual enrolled student. I really enjoyed the content […] Read More

Meet your Fall 2021 Orientation Leaders

August 19, 2021

Finlandia is excited to introduce its Fall 2021 Orientation Leaders. On-Campus Orientation is a series of in-person events and activities that will introduce students to the Finlandia campus and community. Each new student will be assigned to an orientation group or “flock”, named after a bird species that is present in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Each flock will have a different orientation schedule, which will be provided to students after they arrive on campus. We encourage students to ask questions and […] Read More

Finlandia signs articulation agreement with Concordia Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

April 05, 2021

A new agreement between Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy and Finlandia University gives students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a CUW PharmD degree, and save a year of studies in the process.

Finlandia University is excited to announce the signing of a 3+4 dual degree agreement with the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), located in Mequon, Wisc. In the program, students will spend three years in a Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Finlandia fulfilling […] 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

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication


Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS


Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology

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