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Biological Sciences Undergraduate Academic Programs

Explore our programs for undergraduate students

Our majors are extremely flexible with a large diversity of classes and paths.

This flexibility and diversity allows students to specialize in order to receive training that will prepare them for specific careers.

Our facilities and equipment

  • Teaching laboratories and research laboratories
  • Controlled temperature rooms
  • Greenhouse
  • Herbarium
  • Animal rooms
  • Microscopes
  • Various centrifuges and balances
  • Electrophoretic, spectrographic, electrophysiological, and radioisotopic analysis instruments
  • Field operated physioecological monitoring equipment

Programs

Botany

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

The botany concentration consists of our core biology courses to provide a broad background in all areas of biology and specific upper-level classes in plant taxonomy, plant physiology and plant ecology. As a biology major at ESU, you will be exposed to the principles which underlie this science of living things.

Ecology and Biodiversity

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

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

Fisheries and Wildlife

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

With a long history of excellence in fisheries & wildlife biology, natural history, ecology, and organismal biology, including the study of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, plants, and invertebrates, we offer outstanding opportunities for students to specialize in fisheries & wildlife, natural resource management, and wildlife law enforcement. ESU Fisheries & Wildlife Track students conduct research in fisheries and wildlife topics and train for careers in natural resources conservation.

Zoology

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

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.

Physiology

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

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. This program is appropriate for students seeking a specialized program of study in physiology.

Microbial and Cellular Biology

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

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

Healthcare-Biology

Bachelor of Science, Concentration

This program of study is most appropriate for students wishing to prepare for careers in the health-related professions (e.g. medicine, dentistry, optometry, medical technology, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant or veterinary medicine). These programs will require post-baccalaureate training at another institution. The Healthcare Concentration will provide the necessary pre-requisites for acceptance into these schools.

Biology Education-Teaching

Bachelor of Science in Education

The secondary education program in The Teachers College works in partnership with the biology department so you will be well-prepared in both biology and teacher education.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science

Research new ways to treat disease, fight bioterrorism, improve crop production and more. Or prepare for medical school or admission to ESU’s Forensic Science Program.

Biology-BA

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts major in biology is for students desiring a broad, liberal education. Students seeking this degree are typically preparing for an interdisciplinary professional career which requires exposure and training in the life sciences (e.g. scientific sales/marketing, scientific writing or science policy). Some degree options include scientific sales/marketing, science journalism and science policy/regulation/ethics and law. This degree is not appropriate for students desiring to do advanced studies in biology or to be employed as a professional biologist.

Biology-Minor

Minor

The biology minor is not intended to provide students with an in-depth study of biological sciences. A biology minor can prepare you for a variety of careers, including scientific research and editing, nutrition, agriculture and more.

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Dentistry

Pre Professional Program

ESU offers a variety of programs that prepare students for dental school. The specific curriculum will be dependent upon the schools of dentistry to which the students may wish to apply.

Pre-Medical

Pre Professional Program

ESU offers a variety of programs that prepare students for medical school. ESU's pre-medical program allows students to prepare to enter medical school.

Pre-Optometry

Pre Professional Program

ESU offers a variety of programs that prepare students for advanced studies in optometry. Consult with an academic advisor in the Student Advising Center to determine the best academic pathway for you.

Pre-Physical Therapy (Biology)

Pre Professional Program

ESU offers a variety of programs that prepare students for advanced studies in physical therapy.

Pre-Veterinary

Pre Professional Program

This pre-professional program prepares students for application to veterinary school.

Pre-Medical Technology

Pre Professional Program

ESU offers a variety of programs that prepare students for advanced studies in medical technology.