Biology Department

The Saint Mary’s Biology Department is committed to providing students with an immersive education in biology.

The biology program offers its students academic and professional preparation for post-baccalaureate endeavors in a wide array of disciplines.

Hands-on Experiences

The biology program strives to provide students with hands-on experiences in laboratory and field procedures. Most courses offered within the department's majors have laboratory sessions that actively engage students in the scientific method and current laboratory and field techniques.

Ground broken on Rochester expansion [video]

Nearly 100 guests joined Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as it broke ground for a new 10,000-square-foot addition to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Learning Center in Rochester on Aug. 15. Although the event celebrated a physical expansion, the excitement multiplied as university officials discussed the programming that will take place inside. Once approved by […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University to break ground on Cascade Meadow expansion

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites the public to a groundbreaking for the expansion of its Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester. The event, planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, will be held at Cascade Meadow, located at 2900 19th St. NW, Rochester. Saint Mary’s University strives to […] Read more ›

Exploring the possibilities of regenerative medicine

Two weeks ago Bailey O’Hare ’19 didn’t know that much about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and she knew even less about regenerative medicine. As part of a new summer workshop at Saint Mary’s University, O’Hare is getting an in-depth look at how the emerging field of regenerative medicine could one day help patients suffering from […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s collaborates on bird migration study for Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dr. Ben Pauli of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is collaborating on a four-year, $1.7 million grant to study the effects of climate change on American kestrels. The grant, awarded to Boise State University by the Department of Defense (DoD), will be used to monitor migratory connectivity, population change, and the impacts […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s dedicates Science and Learning Center [video]

Saint Mary’s University junior biology major Bailey O’Hare joked that she’d make her speech short May 12 during the dedication ceremony for the new Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus. “Because I, like you, can’t wait to get inside,” she told the crowd of more than 400 people at the Winona Campus celebration. […] Read more ›

Outdoors provide hands-on lab for science students

For Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota undergraduate college science students, the outdoors is often their laboratory. All environmental courses with labs have multiple outdoor learning experiences: on the Winona Campus, on the Mississippi River, and other unique habitats in Southeastern Minnesota. Many students perform research in the local environment. At the recent college campus Celebration […] Read more ›

Pairing degrees in business and biology

Katie (Leisen) Spring ’15 knows it’s all about finding ways to set yourself apart. As an undergraduate biology student, Spring applied for a summer undergraduate research opportunity, which enabled her to work at Mayo Clinic. That foot in the door led to another. She inquired with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic about volunteering in […] Read more ›

Game plan for success

Their paths may not have crossed during their collegiate days, but Tom Rice ’82, Josh Takagishi ’98, Amanda Weinmann ’07 and a host of others share a common bond—or two. Not only were they successful athletes during their time at Saint Mary’s, but they also excelled in the classroom and beyond. Rice, a four-year letterwinner […] Read more ›

Making a difference at Mayo

The Mayo Clinic is the ultimate dream destination for those practicing medicine. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers at Mayo are quick to mention the benefits of having access to the world’s best doctors and healthcare providers; of working for a clinic with a world-renowned reputation; of being able to utilize state-of-the art equipment and […] Read more ›

Wetlands project gives high-tech hands-on training

Students interested in geographic information science at Saint Mary’s don’t need a global positioning system to direct them to valuable, hands-on experiences in their field. For years, the university’s GeoSpatial Services has been providing professionally mentored field experiences to students. The organization—which provides natural resource assessment, geographic analysis, and high-tech digital mapping services—works with both […] Read more ›

Biology Pre-professional Programs

Graduates in biology are prepared to pursue careers in health-related fields, such as cytotechnology, dentistry, echocardiography, medical laboratory science, medicine, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiography, and veterinary medicine.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Saint Mary’s biology students actively engage in undergraduate research experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside of the classroom including the Biology Department seminar series, Biology Club, Pre Med Club, and the Saint Mary’s chapter of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta. The department also sponsors one of the nation's longest running annual undergraduate research symposiums.

Cross-discipline Learning

The Biology Department encourages students to engage in cross-discipline learning. Within the global business environment, students that are prepared and capable to effectively interact between disciplines are in great demand.

Non-biology Majors

In addition, the Biology Department meets the needs of non-science majors with a selection of general education courses that expose them to the assumptions and methodologies of the scientific process and provide them with an awareness of contemporary biological problems.

Goals for Our Students

  • To provide adequate academic and professional preparation for post-baccalaureate endeavors
  • To provide proficiency in the use of laboratory and/or field equipment and techniques
  • To provide students with the ability to conduct original biological research and the skills necessary to write a scientific thesis containing an explanation of the problem, the methods employed, an analysis of data, and the conclusions
  • To offer a selection of specifically designed general education courses that meet the needs of non-science majors


Randy Krainock, DVM, Ph.D.

Biology - Associate Professor, Department Chair - Biology

St. Mary's Press, SMPJ

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-8703

Randy Krainock DVM, Ph.D.
Moni Berg-Binder, Ph.D.

Biology - Associate Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMPC

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-6989

Moni Berg-Binder Ph.D.
Raymond Faber, Ph.D.

Biology - Professor

LaSalle Hall, LS148

Campus Box: #1524

(507) 457-1540

Raymond Faber Ph.D.
Joshua Lallaman, Ph.D.

Biology - Assistant Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMPI

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-6912

Joshua Lallaman Ph.D.
Debra Martin, Ph.D.

Biology - Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMPG

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1628

Debra Martin Ph.D.
Benjamin Pauli, Ph.D.

Biology - Assistant Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMPA

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-6681

Benjamin Pauli Ph.D.
Jeanne Minnerath, Ph.D.

Biology - Associate Professor, Director of Allied Health Program

Saint Mary's Hall, SM101

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1770

Jeanne Minnerath Ph.D.
Matthew Rowley, Ph.D.

Biology - Associate Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMPH

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1543

Matthew Rowley Ph.D.