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Biology at a glance

North Central University’s Biology program will provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice technical skills aligned with informational and mathematic literacy, while acquiring a strong theoretical foundation. Courses will include relevant, collaborative and group learning in various settings that include lectures, laboratory and field experiences. The program will also build a foundation that will equip you for graduate or professional school.

Is Biology right for you?

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You could have an exciting career as a:

  • Biological Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Hydrologist
  • And more!

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What sets us apart

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Science through a lens of faith

Explore scientific inquiry and methodologies on a biblical foundation.

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In our program, we see Christ as the unifying, magnetic center that holds all education together. When you graduate, we want you to be prepared with the knowledge you need to excel in your career; additionally, we also want you to have a fortified faith and desire to spread the love of Christ.

North Central University located in downtown Minneapolis
Big city. Big opportunities.

Our unique urban location gives you opportunities for establishing a career.

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Downtown Connections

By attending North Central you have unique opportunities to intern at leading local companies. When you graduate from, you’ll feel prepared to tackle the real-world with the quality internships you’ve completed.

You’ll be supported, mentored, and coached by your advising professor throughout your internship and have opportunities to reflect on the process. When you finish your internship you’ll have an impressive portfolio, experience to add to your resume, and a network of professionals in the industry who can recommend you—or hire you!

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An ethical approach

You'll examine all aspects of biological research.

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Ethics in research

You will evaluate the social and ethical impacts of biological research from a variety of lenses. In examining these impacts, you can apply best practices in the real world.

  • Potential Careers

    The hands-on education you’ll get in the Biology program will prepare you for a variety of jobs and careers, including: 

  • Internships

    Our unique location in the heart of Minneapolis means our students have opportunities to intern at a variety of medical/biology-related companies. You could intern at:

    • Hennepin County Medical Center
    • Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine
    • Medtronic
    • And more!
  • Skills you'll gain
    • Interdisciplinary Science Skills
    • Science Communication and Literacy
    • Science Research and Ethics
    • Mathematical Reasoning and Application
    • Science and Faith Integration
  • What you'll learn
    • Develop field and laboratory skills
    • Read, analyze and present scientific literature
    • Present research findings
    • Evaluate social and ethical impacts of research
    • Discover, capture and evaluate data using appropriate tools and models
    • Explore scientific inquiry and methodologies through a biblical worldview


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Biology major.

Meet the dean

Faculty Member Desiree Libengood.

Desiree Libengood

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,
Assistant Professor, English


  • Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership and Administration, Bethel University
  • MA, English, University of St. Thomas
  • B.S., English, Literature and Writing Concentrations, University of North Central


  • Dean, College of Arts and Sciences – North Central University
  • Assistant Professor, English – North Central University

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

The students. Our NCU students are caring, compassionate, curious, and motivated. I love teaching them and encouraging their growth both inside and outside the classroom.


Desirée Libengood joined our faculty at North Central University in 2010. She attended North Central as a student, earning her bachelors degree in English literature and creative writing. She went on to earn her masters degree in English and the University of St. Thomas. While there, she worked in the Center for Writing as a graduate mentor, and she also worked at Wellstone International High School for newcomer immigrant and refugee high school students.

Following this, she began teaching at Crown College and North Central University. She holds an Ed.D in higher education leadership and administration from Bethel University. She has done research on diversity in Christian higher education and has presented at a number of national conferences on this research.

Desirée lives with her husband, Lance, and their five children in Eden Prairie.