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Department of Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University offers undergraduate 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 recently launched a Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program, which is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas. MSFS program provides students vigorous training in subjects including criminalistics, molecular biology, toxicology, and firearms. Graduates from our MSFS program will be qualified to to work as a scientist in national, state, or regional criminalistics laboratories or conventional analytical laboratories.

Sara Acosta graduated with a B. S. in Biology in 2001.  She is now employed as a biologist in the Marine Program at PRBO Conservation Science.

 Sara Acosta

" I had a wonderful experience at ESU.  I went in ready to tackle the set of classes assigned to acquire my degree, but along the way I learned and experienced so much more than the curriculum alone could offer.   I took advantage of the many field classes ESU had to offer.  The outdoor classroom made me realize hands on what a being a biologist could be like.  I gained inspiration through the passion each professor had for what they taught.  And the counseling I received from my advisor put me in just the right direction to have the skills necessary to land my first job.  Now, I truly enjoy the field I’ve entered and am proud to say I went to Emporia State University. "