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Since humankind first learned to walk it has been driven to better understand the world around it. Pittsburg State’s biology program distills this natural curiosity to its essence and then focuses on the mysteries of life. Students will enjoy a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive overview of the biological sciences that will allow them to pursue interests in:

  • Pre-medical / Pre-dental – Preparation for entry into 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 – Preparation for graduate school or entry-level employment in biotechnology.
  • Medical technology – Preparation for clinical work in hospitals or private labs.
  • Field and Environmental Biology / Ecology and Organismic Biology - Preparation for working in a variety of agencies, conservation organizations, and for gaining expertise with many organisms, both plant and animal.
  • Plant physiology/plant molecular biology – Preparation for careers in industry or for graduate research in plant ecology, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, or plant pathology.

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  • About Degree
  • Career Options

Pittsburg State's Biology Program offers several emphasis programs to help students better prepare for their chosen careers. The following programs will help you prepare for entry into a number of professional schools and graduate studies.

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Physical Therapy 
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Medical Technology

Students choosing the pre-professional programs can earn the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Students choosing the Medical Technology program can earn the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree. This degree includes a fourth clinical year although students may also choose to perform their clinical experience after graduation.

Pre-professional programs aren't the only option at Pittsburg State's Biology Program. Students may also choose from the following programs.

  • Field and Environment Biology
  • Ecology and Organismic Biology

These emphasis areas will 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 science, parks, zoos and nature centers, nature interpretation and studies in zoology such as ichtyology, herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, entomology, plant ecology, or botany, just to name a few.

The need for well-trained naturalists, taxonomists, ecologist and environmental managers is continuing to grow. Pittsburg State is proud to offer students a robust selection of field-oriented programs. The Southeast Kansas Biological Station has several field sites and facilities.

The need for qualified biology teachers at the high school (secondary) level continues to grow. Students who want to return to the classroom to teach the next generation of biologists can do so by enrolling in the emphasis area of:

  • Secondary Education

Pittsburg State's Secondary Education program is among the best both in Kansas and the region. Graduates of the 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 great.

Other emphasis areas include:

  • Biology Plant Taxonomy
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology

Pre-Professional Health:  The 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.

Field Biology Programs:  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.

There are many career paths you can take as a biologist. Here are some examples:

  • Research
  • Health Care
  • Environmental Management and Conservation
  • Education at the K-12 and University Level
  • Education at Science Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Parks and Nature Centers
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic Science
  • Politics and Policy
  • Business and Industry

About Biology Department

We have undergraduate programs covering the range of modern biology including:

  • pre-health (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-vet, pre-optometry)
  • pre-physical therapy
  • medical technology
  • pre-physicians assistant
  • cell and molecular biology
  • wildlife biology
  • fisheries and aquatic sciences
  • botany
  • ecology
  • secondary education

There are almost 400 students in the undergraduate program and about 20 in the graduate (masters) division. Biology Department has 15 full-time faculty with a wide range of interests. The faculty are dedicated and committed to Pittsburg State and the department, but most importantly, to our students. Most faculty are actively engaged in research activities, national professional organizations, and in professional service.

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