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Biological Sciences

At ESU, your study isn't limited to the classroom. We get you outside the classroom and into the field.

Biology At Emporia State offers Flexibility + Program Diversity

Biological Sciences 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, veterinary, and dental schools. Biology majors at ESU are exposed to the principles which underlie this science of living things. You will also choose a concentration area tailored to meet your specific interests and needs.

Scholarships given per year


Herbarium Plant Specimens


Students in field during Aquatic Biology class

Get out of the classroom

You can study in the wild, from Kansas to the Bahamas, including our Natural Areas, which offer hundreds of acres of hands-on field experience. You will utilize state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to acquire the skills employers desire, including flow cytometery, DNA sequencer, and cell culture facilities.



Biological Sciences provides nearly $30,000 a year in academic scholarships. For more information, go to our scholarship page.

Advanced Cell Molecular Biology

About Biological Sciences

15 Faculty, 7 Degree Paths, and 6 Student Organizations

About Biological Sciences

Forensic Science Crime Lab

Forensic Science Program

Designed to meet Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) standards, the courses offered in Emporia State University’s Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program facilitate hands-on learning and research, supervised by professors and practitioners in the field.

Forensic Science program

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Undergraduate Programs

Explore our programs for undergraduate students.

Graduate Programs

Explore our programs for graduate students.

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-professional programs are suggested curricula to allow students to meet the entrance requirements for professional schools. None of these are degree programs, rather they are recommended programs of study to fulfill the prerequisites of professional schools.

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Undergraduate admissions

If you’re ready to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head to the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Graduate admissions

If you’re ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head to the Graduate Admissions page.

Featured Programs


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.

Forensic Science, Criminalistics Concentration

Concentration, Master of Science

The MSFS-Criminalistics concentration prepares you for careers in crime scene investigation, trace evidence, firearms or latent fingerprints. An undergraduate background in natural science, forensic science or social science (criminal justice, criminology) background is necessary for this program.

Biology-Master of Science Thesis Option

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.

Contact Biological Sciences

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

Dean of the School of Science & Mathematics

Tim Burnett