University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Reviews - Bachelor's in Biology

3.65 out of 5 stars
(14 Reviews)
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,438
82% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars
E - 11/1/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"CBS has very challenging coursework, but lacks the resources to get students employment. In my large 4000-level classes, only about 1/3 of students had ever been able to volunteer or work in a lab at any point during their time at UMN. The professors emphasize early on that you should leave the college if you are not intending to pursue a graduate degree or professional school involving research. They do not offer any internship programs that grant college credit, and do not invite employers for events on campus (only grad/medical school/NIH post-bacc program reps). Additionally, UMN has politics between college programs that will make it difficult to transfer credits i.e. my foundations of biology course did not count for general biology in the Food Science and Nutrition college. CBS professors are very knowledgeable, but it is very common to get abrasive personalities. Same with advisors; mine generally did not want to meet with students or even answer questions by email. I had professors turn down reference/recommendation requests, and even an academic advisor act as a bad reference that I was fortunate enough to hear about from one of the labs I interviewed at. Class sizes are very large, 100+ students in lectures; I only had one seminar class with <30 students in four years. CBS has major group projects in every biology class alongside regular coursework to promote teamwork. Many CBS students enroll in MCAT/DAT prep classes as well, so the class averages can be very high. Expect to enter general classes at a disadvantage if you have not taken one of these classes. Overall, a very rigorous school that could lead to great research opportunities, but it is rare. Not a good choice for students looking to get work experience in biology or the medical fields."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Amanda - 6/20/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"This was a great school to attend! Because the school is so large, I had many opportunities to engage in a variety of coursework, clubs, sports, research, etc. This school is great if you are interested in the sciences because they have advanced lab equipment and some of the greatest professors. Many of the professors are doing cutting edge research, and they have in-depth knowledge about new findings that are coming up in the science field. However, the downside of a large school is large class sizes. It was difficult to get to know the professors and other students."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Evelyn Leland - 5/22/2018
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large institution with multiple different, smaller colleges that ensure you will find your fit. As a graduate from the College of Biological Sciences, I personally had a great experience with the school. I had wonderful counselors who guided me through my entire degree progress. The professors were approachable and genuinely wanted students to understand and succeed. The student help services were always friendly and knowledgable about any questions I had. For those interested in research or graduate schools, there were hundreds of excellent research opportunities."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ericka Maldonado Medina - 3/26/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"The biology college at the University of Minnesota is really good if you are interested in the biological sciences. They have a really unique curriculum. They have great labs and research opportunities. It is definitely a challenging curriculum but you do learn a lot."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Olivia - 3/5/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"The teachers are willing to help students achieve success in their academic careers. Most TAs I had were graduate students and knowledgeable in there fields of study. Therefore, both the instructors and TAs are very useful if you have questions about your coursework. The school environment is friendly and welcoming."
5.0 out of 5 stars
jli247 - 2/17/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"UMN definitely educated me well as an undergraduate student. UMN also has tremendous amounts of resources available to help me pursue my career goal (dentistry). I have never encountered one professor who is not willing to spend time with me or write me a reference letter. The entire school, faculties and staffs, definitely put students' interests before other things."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Benjamin Spokely - 12/28/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I really enjoyed my undergraduate courses at the University of Minnesota. The program not only asks you to learn the material, but also apply it. This makes challenging, yet also rewarding. The program is very research/health careers focused, which can cause both positive and negative attitudes while in the program. The faculty and career advisers are incredibly helpful and friendly. They go above and beyond to meet with you and to provide you with help, assistance, or advice. Overall, I have only great things to say about the Biology program at the University of Minnesota."
2.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/13/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011
"Great school in terms of opportunities and level of education. Often quite proactive in student engagement, both good and bad."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/19/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2007
"It's a very large campus, but it doesn't feel big after a couple of months. Class sizes are big in the entry level classes so you need to be self motivated to succeed. As you move towards a major there are smaller classes and there are lots of options"
3.0 out of 5 stars
Biochemistry grad 2011 - 6/11/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011
"Great college where the opportunities are astounding. Minneapolis is a great city to live in. Was a bit far from home, but I do not regret going here for school."
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