About the Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University offers undergraduate (see page 89 of PDF file) and graduate training in botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, teacher education, and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as medical and dental schools. As a biology major at ESU, you will be exposed to the principles which underlie this science of living things. You also may engage in study leading to a more detailed understanding of the area in which you are most interested, for each of the areas is tailored to meet specific interests and needs.

The Department has 13 fulltime faculty members, approximately 25 graduate students, and approximately 220 undergraduate majors. The size of our classes is small and thus the faculty will get to know you as a person. You will have many opportunities to develop very beneficial relationships with the faculty at ESU. Many students engage in some type of research experience working with a faculty member, either on the faculty member's ongoing research or on a research project of your own design. The faculty are committed to helping you to become a life-long learner, to helping you with career and educational opportunities after graduating from ESU, and, in general, to showing you the joys of exploring biology.

Not all instruction will be in the classroom. Both field and laboratory work will be emphasized. You will have the opportunity to participate in many field trips, which are an integral part of all field courses. Emporia State University utilizes four natural areas which are under the supervision of the Department of Biological Sciences. Many other habitats are located within a short distance of Emporia, such as the Neosho and Cottonwood Rivers and their tributaries, deciduous forests and flood plains, and forested limestone ledges. In addition, various faculty members continue to offer extended field courses in The Bahamas and Mexico.

In addition to regular class trips, faculty and students attend scientific meetings, such as the Kansas Academy of Sciences, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, National Science Teachers Association, American Institute for Biological Sciences, Central Plains Society of Mammalogists and the American Society of Microbiology.

The Department maintains the Schmidt Museum of Natural History with both mounted specimens and prepared study skins of birds and mammals for use in such related courses as mammalogy, ornithology, and wildlife management and the ESU Herbarium with mounted specimens for use in such courses at plant taxonomy, trees and shrubs, and grasses.