Undergraduate Programs

​​​​​​​Photo of student looking at a Petri dish No matter what area of life science interests you, the CMU Department of Biology has a program for you. In-depth opportunities range from cell and molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology to developmental biology, physiology, botany, ecology and conservation biology.

Prepare yourself for a successful career with personalized attention and exceptional resources at CMU.  Participate in applied research, scholarship and creative activity.  Many of your professors are experienced professionals who incorporate real-world insights into their teaching. By blending theory with hands-on research, your classes are designed to help you get you ready for your career or post-graduate training.

A major or minor in biology can be applied to a variety of programs designed to serve career interests of students in elementary and secondary teaching, natural resources, medical technology, pre-medicine, pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary, and prepare you for graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Graduate programs include a Master of Science degree emphasizing thesis research or a non-thesis degree in biology for teachers. Interdepartmental programs include a neuroscience major and natural resources minor.

To develop the background and skills you need for these and other biology-related careers, choose your academic major or minor from these CMU programs:


Student conducting experiment As an undergraduate, you'll start with a core of biology instruction, followed by opportunities to study in more specialized areas.


A major or minor in biology can be applied to a variety of programs designed to serve career interests of students in elementary and secondary teaching, natural resources, medical technology, pre-medicine, pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary, and prepare you for graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Choose from majors in:
  • Biology
    (with options in Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Programs, Microscopy, Natural Resources)
  • Biology/Biomedical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Natural Resources Minor
  • Neuroscience Major
  • Science Minor

Elementary Education

  • Integrated Science Major
  • Integrated Science Minor

Secondary Education

  • Integrated Science
  • Biology Major
  • Biology Minor

Biology (B.A., B.S.)

​Biology Major: General Option

General Option is for students who do not plan to attend a professional graduate school upon graduation and are not planning to enter a field associated with natural resources.


Biology Major: Microscopy Option

Microscopy Option is for students who plan a career as a biological microscopist. Research laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, chemical companies, food processing laboratories, and forensic laboratories are areas in which opportunities exist for microscopists.


Biology Major: Natural Resources Option

Natural Resources Option is for students who plan to enter an area of natural resource management, wildlife biology, nature interpretation, or museum science.


Biology Major: Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Option

Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Option is for students who plan to enter a graduate or professional school after graduation from CMU.


Biology/Biomedical Sciences Major (B.A., B.S.)

The Biomedical Sciences Major is designed for students interested in pursuing professional programs in human and/or animal medicine or biomedical research. This course of study is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for admission into professional programs as well as provide students with the breadth and depth of scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to perform well on required admission exams for professional programs, such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE.





CMU’s environmental health and safety program offers you an interdisciplinary major with academic course work, laboratory and internship experiences for careers in environmental health professions. You’ll learn to investigate health problems and hazards, enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety, monitor the health status of communities, and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of environmental community services.​​


Science Minor (B.A.; B.S.; B.S. in B.A. degrees)

This minor satisfies the science requirement for the Dietetics major and is administered by the Department of Biology.


Teaching Majors and Minors

Integrated Science Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Elementary Ed.

Provisional Elementary Certification

T​his major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach elementary or middle school. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences.


Integrated Science Minor (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Elementary Ed.

Provisional Elementary Certification or Provisional Elementary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

This minor offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach elementary school. The required courses have been selected to pre​pare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences.


Integrated Science Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach secondary school science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences.


Biology Major (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement


Biology Minor (B.S. in Ed. degree) - Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

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