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 botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, teacher education, and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as medical and dental schools.
The Department has 15 full time 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. 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.