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Biological Sciences Department About

Learn about the Biological Sciences Department

The Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, teacher education and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as medical and dental schools.

The size of our classes is small and thus the faculty will get to know you as a person. 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.

You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips, which are an integral part of all field courses. Emporia State University utilizes eight 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.

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 as plant taxonomy, trees and shrubs, and grasses.

Students researching during Aquatic Biology class

All of our faculty are research active in Biological Sciences

Faculty and Staff
Campus in the fall

Learn more about the six student organizations in Biology that you could be a part of

Student Organizations

Contact the Department of Biological Sciences

On-campus location: Science Hall 174
Mailing Address:
1 Kellogg Circle
Box 4050
Emporia, KS 66801


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