Academic Programs
Academic ProgramsNo 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.

Personalized attention and exceptional resources at CMU will prepare you for a successful career. You'll get opportunities to participate in applied research, scholarship and creative activity. Many of your professors will be experienced professionals who incorporate their real-world insights into their teaching. By blending theory with hands-on research, our classes are designed to help you get the most out of your courses and get you ready for your career or post-graduate training.

The major and 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, and pre-veterinary, as well as a program to prepare students 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:

Some of these programs enable you to concentrate your studies in specific areas that best match your career aspirations. You also can major in various interdisciplinary programs such as neuroscience or environmental studies.

Master's degree programs in biology and conservation biology also are offered to help you prepare for your career.​

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