Hands-On Learning

As a biology major at Augustana, you'll begin earning hands-on experience starting with your first week of classes.

Internships and More

Our biology courses are designed with the thought that students should be stimulated to carry out critical, independent work.  Each year over 30 student teaching assistantships are awarded to biology majors. While there is a modest stipend associated with the position, the opportunity to work intimately with faculty and to learn valuable teaching skills is especially important.

What’s more, our location in Sioux Falls offers a range of shadowing, internship and work experiences. Our students have gained valuable experience at Avera McKennan Hospital, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Children’s Care Hospital, EROS Data Center, Hematech, Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant, and Veterans Affairs Hospital, to name a few.

Biology majors also have the opportunity to gain vocation-related experience through internships. These individually designed experiences, taken for credit, enable students to experience what a particular career is like by spending time with professionals in work settings. Internships are available in most areas of biology, including environmental science, veterinary medicine, and all of the major health professions.