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.

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, 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


Debra Martin, Ph.D.


St. Mary's Press, SMP G

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1628

Areas of Expertise: Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry

Meet Debra Martin
Moni Berg-Binder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMP C

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-6989

Areas of Expertise: Invasive plant species and native plants; ecology and animal-plant interactions

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

Associate Professor

Griffin Hall, GR 185

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-8703

Randy Krainock Ph.D.
Jeanne Minnerath, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM 101

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1770

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

Assistant Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMP A

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-6681

Benjamin Pauli Ph.D.
Matthew Rowley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

St. Mary's Press, SMP H

Campus Box: # 10

(507) 457-1543

Matthew Rowley Ph.D.