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Department of Biology

Immerse yourself in the challenging and integrated laboratory and fieldwork experiences that will prepare you for a rewarding career in Biology. In addition to research and professional internship opportunities, you'll discover hands-on learning experiences through natural environments available only at CMU.

CMU helped me because I had the freedom to pursue my own research interests while being supported by faculty who were invested in my research and scholarship.

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Understanding the functions of living organisms means having the knowledge of how every element of life operates within them, right down to the molecule. With a major in biomedical, cellular and molecular biology, you'll explore molecular interactions that both drive and regulate cellular and physiological processes. As you work to gain an understanding of biological concepts, you will have the opportunity to take upper level courses that specialize in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, microbiology, and other biomedical related sciences. In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with Biology faculty members and conduct research in our state-of-the-art research labs. This will strengthen your lab skills in various genetic, cellular, molecular, microbiology, and microscopy techniques.

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Life exists all around us, from single-cell organisms to more complex multicellular organisms. With a Biology concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, you'll be immersed in the study of microorganisms, fungi, protists, plants and animals; and how these organisms interact with each other and their environment. You'll graduate with practical skills in field sampling techniques, GIS analysis, wildlife management, advanced statistical analysis, specimen curation and taxonomy.

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With all there is to see in the world, there’s even more the human eye can’t see. As a student in the biology program studying microscopy, you will use a variety of state-of-the-art instruments to study up close and personal everything left unseen by the naked eye. Using microscopes equipped with a variety of imaging techniques like laser scanning and electron scanning and transmitting, you will develop a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and physics. Collectively, with coursework and lab experiences, the Microscopy concentration will prepare you for to pursue advanced degrees and obtain employment in: research laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, food processing laboratories, and forensic laboratories.

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If you want to share what you know to the next generation then the Biology Secondary Education major will prepare you for teacher certification in Biology (DA endorsement). Candidates completing the certification requirements will be qualified to teach a variety of life science courses in grades 6-12. These courses include General Biology, Ecology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Forensic Science, in addition to specialized Biology electives unique to school districts. Extensive hands-on learning opportunities and clinical experiences, supported by state-of-the art teaching, field, and laboratory facilities, will empower students to apply their undergraduate training for employment as educators.

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