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In Biology at Pitt State, you may study from in variety of areas including pre-professional health and clinical laboratory sciences, cell and molecular biology and genetics, field biology and environment, ecology and organismic biology, and secondary education.

For a complete description of Biology course offerings and a detailed listing of required courses for each emphasis, see the Biology Program Guides, University Catalog for 2013-14 or the catalog for your entry year.


BRIEF SUMMARY OF AREAS OF STUDY

Pre-Professional Health, Clincal Laboratory Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology

You can pursue interests in:

  • Pre-medical: preparation for entry into to medical schools (medical, osteopathic medicine, optometry, dental, veterinary) or graduate medical research programs

  • Pre-physical therapy: preparation for entry into further specialization in physical and occupational therapy

  • Cell and molecular biology: prepare for graduate school or entry-level employment in biotechnology

  • Medical technology: prepare for clinical work in hospitals or private labs

  • Plant physiology/plant molecular biology: prepare for careers in industry or for graduate research

imageThe Biology Department has excellent facilities and faculty for the preparation of students interested in professional health and laboratory science careers. Competition for entry into health-related professional schools is keen. A student must expect to have an outstanding academic record to gain admission to a professional school. PSU students have been successful at gaining entrance to professional schools and excel in the programs.

Emphasis programs are available for students desiring to meet the requirements for entrance into medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, physical therapy, and cell and molecular biology. There is also a separate degree program in medical technology.

Students in any area of pre-med, health, and laboratory science options can earn the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Students emphasizing medical technology can earn the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology which includes a 4th clinical year or earn the Bachelor of Science in Biology and do a clinical experience post-graduate.

The PSU Health Professions Handbook is also available for further information on health professions, including general information, application information, and a pre-med overview. Students interested in physical therapy should start here.

Field and Environmental Biology, Ecology and Organismic Biology

imageThese two emphasis areas can lead you down the road to entry-level positions or graduate work related to fisheries and wildlife biology, threatened and endangered species, conservation, natural history, environmental protection, environmental monitoring and assessment, environmental science, parks, zoos and nature centers, nature interpretation, studies in zoology (ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, entomology, plant ecology, or botany, among many other possibilities.

Many universities seem to be downsizing the field components of their biology programs these days, even in the face of increasing ecological stresses and the real need for well-trained naturalists, taxonomists, ecologists, and environmental managers. PSU is proud of its continued and enhanced field-oriented programs.

The Biology Department has excellent facilities and faculty for the preparation of students interested in field biology and environment. A strong feature of the program is the Southeast Kansas Biological Station with several field sites and facilities. Read more about the Station.

We feature a broad program designed to meet the needs of a variety of students - those more interested in practical aspects of environment and conservation and those more interested in the science side. Our courses provide a wide range of opportunities to develop general skills and knowledge in the overall area of ecology, field biology, or botany and to specialize in areas of interest.

Secondary Education

The teaching of biology at the high school (secondary) level continues to attract and place many students. Our program in secondary education is among the best - if not the best - in Kansas and the region. Graduates of this program now teach in many area high schools, providing the best in biological education to the high schools they serve. The curriculum - and the job - is demanding but the rewards are very great.


SUPPOSE YOU'RE NOT SURE ABOUT A SPECIFIC FIELD OF STUDY?

  • Some students do not select particular emphasis areas during their program of study or can not decide as freshmen.
  • One advantage of an undergraduate biology education here at Pittsburg State University is the flexibility that the curriculum provides to the student. Students without a specific subject matter emphasis can move into graduate schools or employment with business or industry.
  • Your interests will probably be one of several areas including: health, ecology, genetics, microbiology, and so on. Our programs are briefly described below. Perhaps a more intensive search of career options will help refine your career goals. Visit the Biology Career web page for more information.
  • Look for a faculty member with the kinds of interests you may share to serve as an advisor. If one area doesn't work out, try another.
  • See the relevant University Catalog for a description of Biology course offerings and a detailed listing of required courses for each emphasis. Always consult with your academic advisor and always be sure you are using the correct catalog year. 
  • Want to visit? Make arrangements with the Biology Office or visit the PSU Office of Admissions web site for more information.


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