The mission of the Biology department is to provide quality instruction in the biological and environmental sciences that can transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, as well as to teach all students the relevance of biology and the use of the scientific method in everyday activities.


Andrew Wold
MS, University of Minnesota
BA, Luther College

Jay Sandal
MS, University of Minnesota – Duluth
BS, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Amy Wold
MS, University of Minnesota – Duluth
BA, Luther College

Catherine Podeszwa
MS, University of Minnesota – Duluth
BA, Carleton College


My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.