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Biological Sciences Graduate Programs

Explore our graduate programs which include biology and Forensic Science

Graduate Programs

The graduate program of the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to qualify persons for continued graduate work at the doctoral level; for teaching biology in high schools, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges; and for employment in various fields of biology, including certain fields of applied biology.

In addition, the Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) degree is the only one of its kind in the state of Kansas. MSFS program offers vigorous curriculum encompassing a broad spectrum of subjects including criminalistics, molecular biology, toxicology, and firearms, and it prepares students to work as a scientist in national, state, or regional criminalistics laboratories or conventional analytical laboratories.

Lecture rooms, teaching laboratories, a greenhouse, and research facilities of the department are located in Breukelman Hall. Constant- temperature chambers for plant and animal studies, flow cytometer, Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LCMS), image processing system, microtome-tissue embedding system, fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges of various kinds including an ultracentrifuge, and electrophoretic, spectrographic, chromatographic, electrophysiological, and immuno-chemical instruments, as well as field operated physioecological monitoring equipment are extensively used by graduate students. There is also equipment for quantitative radioisotopic analysis, transfer hoods for microbiology and animal cell culturing, animal facilities, a herbarium, and various research microscopes. A natural history museum, with specimens mounted by internationally recognized taxidermist Richard H. Schmidt, contains hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish mounts, and hand-painted molds of Kansas snakes. The museum also has more than a thousand other vertebrate study specimens. A field station, The Ross Natural History Reservation, consists of laboratory buildings, ponds, and 200 acres of native grassland. The reservation located a few miles northwest of the main campus is extensively used in conjunction with class work, research, and science education. In addition, the students in our graduate programs have access to two Ozarkian wooded areas, a 40-acre tallgrass prairie area in the Flint Hills with a spring, stream and pond, and several federal and state reservoirs within a short drive. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has a research office on campus, and often interacts with the Department.

Biology

Master of Science

The master’s program in the Department of Biological Sciences is designed to qualify persons for continued graduate work at the doctoral level; for teaching biology in high schools, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges; and for employment in various fields of biology, including certain fields of applied biology. This program is available on campus and offers concentrations in Botany, Ecology and Biodiversity, General Biology, Microbial and Cellular Biology, and Zoology.

Biology, Botany Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

The botany concentration consists of our core biology courses to provide background in all areas of biology and specific upper-level classes in plant taxonomy, plant physiology and plant ecology.

Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in ecology and organismal biology.

Biology, Microbial and Cellular Biology Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in microbiology and/or cellular biology at the graduate level.

Biology, Zoology Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

This program is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in zoology, emphasizing laboratory work that includes courses in physiology and organic chemistry. Offered on campus.

Forensic Science, Biology Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

Developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest, students gain analytical techniques in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, toxicology, trace evidence.

Forensic Science, Chemistry Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

Developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest, students gain analytical techniques in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, toxicology, trace evidence.

Forensic Science, Criminalistics Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Emporia State University was developed with the input of crime lab directors across the Midwest to ensure that it was preparing students for the workforce. The opportunity to learn from practitioners and professors and the one-on-one guidance ensure a quality education with opportunities not found elsewhere.