Programs in Biology

Pre-Professional Health | Environmental Sustainability | Clinical Lab Sciences | Biochemistry | Biology Education

Many students select a biology major without specializing in a particular area, but EMU’s department of biology gives you the opportunity to choose from a number of disciplines (listed below) designed to give preparation for further education (medical school), service (nonprofit organizations), or other employment (biotechnology).

Pre-Professional Health Sciences

“At EMU I built a solid foundation in the sciences, a real asset in the graduate studies I was to pursue.”

-Missy Solanki, an EMU graduate who earned a doctorate in pharmacy and now works at Augusta Medical Center. Learn more about pre-professional health sciences at EMU

Christina Harman, a sophomore environmental science major, admires the Amorphophallus konjac, an uncommon Asian flower that recently bloomed in EMU’s greenhouse.

Biology majors interested in biomedicine enroll in PPHS, designed for students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, optometry, podiatry, osteopathy, or graduate education and research in any area of biomedicine. Because graduate schools value a broad education, a minor in a non-science area of interest is suggested.

Normally the pre-professional health sciences student will complete the required courses by the end of the junior year of study in order to be fully prepared at that time to take a professional health science school entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, VET or GRE). Learn more…

Advisors: Roman Miller and Greta Ann Herin

Environmental Sustainability

Biology, sociology and peacebuilding professors work closely together to offer programs of study that focus on forward-thinking sustainability practices. Students select from two tracks of study (concentrations) within an environmental sustainability major: environmental science or environmental and social sustainability. Learn more about the environmental sustainability major

Advisors: Doug Graber Neufeld , Jim Yoder

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), or medical technology, is a field of professionals who work in medical or hospital laboratories. The typical clinical laboratory scientist or medical technologist works in a hospital laboratory, either as a generalist, or as a specialist in a given area. CLS is a rather diverse field, including such disciplines as hematology, serology, immunology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and others. A medical technologist has skills in drawing blood, microscopy, labeling and transporting specimens, running computer-interfaced diagnostic instrumentation to perform various analysis on blood and other body fluids, preparing donor blood for transfusion, identifying microorganisms, reporting laboratory test results, and many others. Sometimes, a medical technologist will branch into other related areas of health care, such as laboratory management, computer information systems, laboratory education, biomedical research, blood banking, or others. Training typically includes one full year of studying in a school of medical technology after graduation from college, but some programs incorporate the year of medical technology school into the baccalaureate degree curriculum.

EMU has articulation agreements with several hospitals which provide the clinical component of clinical laboratory sciences leading to a bachelor’s degree. Read more about Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at EMU

Advisors: Jeffrey Copeland


Some of the most dramatic scientific advances in recent years have been in our understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms. For instance, the phenomenal advances in molecular biology have opened door to a wide range of biomedical and agricultural applications that were not imagined several decades ago, while at the same time presenting a range of bioethical concerns. The Departments of biology and chemistry cooperate in offering students the option of concentrating their studies on this dynamic field by majoring in Biochemistry. This rigorous program is geared towards giving students a fundamental knowledge in the molecular basis of biological processes. Students take coursework involving a combination of chemistry and biology courses, culminating in a two-semester advanced biochemistry series.

Biology Education

Secondary science educators are some of the most sought-after professionals on the job market today. EMU’s program in biology with secondary education licensure prepares students to be both well-prepared scientists, and outstanding educators.

EMUs department of education is highly respected as one of the top in the state.

Students in this program take all the requirements needed for the regular biology major, and also take classes in education. In their senior year, students do a full semester of student teaching in one of the nearby school districts.

Learn more about biology and secondary education licensure at EMU