This major prepares students for graduate school in the biological sciences. It also prepares students to enter any of the professional fields related to medicine, teaching, and other areas including economic, industrial, and applied biology. Opportunities include marine biology, environmental studies, genetics, physiology, botany, zoology, microbiology, cellular biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, and entomology, to name a few graduate study specialties. The student has the option of graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree or with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
CMU has a chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a national honorary biological society (advisors: Dr. Paul Porneluzi and Dr. Greg Thurmon), and a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national pre-health professions fraternity (advisor: Dr. Michael Tilley).
The following programs provide guidance to students for selecting the courses necessary for their goals.
General Biology Program:
Biology is a broad and constantly changing field. This option is provided for students electing to study a set of biology courses tailored to their individual interests. Graduates will earn a bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and a minor in a field of their choice.
Pre-Professional Health Science Program
Students learn and practice biology and prepare for studying health professions in Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Schools. Graduates will earn a bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry.
Molecular Biology Program
Students learn concepts and techniques that prepare them for careers in Biology or advanced study in a variety of fields of Biology. These fields include, but are not limited to, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology. Graduates will earn a bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and a minor of their choice.
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology Program
Students learn and experience the fields of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology. Graduates will earn a bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Science.