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Biology


A biology degree prepares students to study living organisms at many different levels, including the study of molecules or cells of living things, genetics, individual species or groups of organisms, interactions of organisms at the ecosystem level, or evolutionary history of living things.

Course Offerings

1101 Human Biology (4 cr.) Biol Biol 1202 General Biology II (4 cr.)
1111 Microbiology (3 cr.) Biol 2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)
1131 Plant Taxonomy (3 cr.) Biol 2102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr.)
1201 General Biology I (4 cr.) Biol 2131 Forest Ecology (4 cr.)


Employment information

Students can find many careers with a degree in biology, including

  • Endocrinology (the study of diseases and disorders)
  • Genetics (the study of genes)
  • Fisheries science (the study of fisheries resources and aquatic ecosystems)
  • Physiology (live cells, tissue and organisms and how they function)
  • Agronomy (agriculture)
  • Herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles)
  • Industrial microbiology (the application of engineering or science principles to the study of plant or animal cells or microorganisms)
  • Ecology (the relationship of organisms to the environment)
  • Entomology (the study of insects)
  • Oceanography (the study of the ocean)
  • Mammalogy (the study of mammals)
  • Parasitology (the study of parasites)
  • Ichthyology (a branch of zoology that focuses on fish)
  • Epidemiology (study of the origin and spread of diseases)
  • Biotechnology (the use of living systems to make useful products)
  • Health care (physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygiene)

Faculty Profiles

Sue HutchinsSusan Hutchins | 218-322-2380 | sue.hutchins@itascacc.edu


Susan Hutchins has taught biology and natural science courses at the junior high school, high school, and college levels since graduating from Michigan State University (E. Lansing, MI) with a Master’s Degree in Biology. Before coming to Itasca Community College in 1987, she taught in Idaho and Arizona. She enjoys reading, camping, kayaking and canoeing, and riding horses.


Mary Moberg by treeMary Moberg | 218-322-2357 | mary.moberg@itascacc.edu

Mary teaches in areas of forest insects and diseases as a part of the Forest Protection course.  She also teaches Human Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. 
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Biology, St. Olaf College (Minnesota); Master of Science and Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota
Previous Employment: REACH AgInfo Manager and Research Scientist, Cenex/Land O'Lakes Agronomy Services