Our "Biology, no emphasis" option is a great choice if you:
- Want a traditional education in biological sciences, i.e., a well-rounded biology degree that doesn't identify with any particular emphasis area
- Would like to specialize in a subject area not reflected in any of the other biology emphasis areas (e.g., aquatic biology, neurobiology, etc.)
In either case, you'll work with your advisor to design a program that will help you meet your specific academic goals. The time it takes to complete this Biology-No Emphasis Program is generally four to five years.
Special Opportunities for Biology Majors
We usually have volunteer opportunities in our laboratories or research projects. We also provide volunteer/work-study opportunities for you to work in the live animal exhibit, Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum and greenhouse. We even have periodic opportunities for paid research experience in faculty labs.
Additionally, every year, ENMU hosts the Student Research and Creativity Conference which gives you the opportunity to present your work in professional poster, paper, display and performance sessions.
Service and Mutual Interest Organizations
We sponsor three specific campus organizations for students in the Department of Biology. These groups not only give you a place to use your biology skills but also a way to get involved on campus. The Caduceus Health Society is a campus organization for any health science major, Pre-Dental Society is a campus organization specifically geared toward students interested in dentistry and the Fish and Wildlife Club is a great outlet for students interested in working with animals.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Biology Majors
Like all Eastern students, if you major in biology, you can take advantage of grants, loans and scholarships offered by Financial Aid and Enrollment Services. There are also opportunities for you to apply for work-study or student hire positions to conduct laboratory research when available.
- Medical and life sciences: health and disease, neurology, genomics, microbiology and pharmacology
- Research institutes
- Medical facilities and hospitals
- Peace Corps
Environmental conservation (charities and not-for-profit organizations, government and the public sector and ecological consultancies):
- aquatic biologist
- zoo biologist
- conservation biologist
- environmental manager
High School Courses to Take if You Want to Major in Biology
If you are interested in the field of biology, you should complete as many life sciences and physical sciences courses as possible. You should also include mathematics courses that will prepare you to hit the ground running with College Algebra (MATH 119). Ideally, you will also be reading and writing at the college-level when you finish high school. Courses you should take in high school would include:
- Life science
- Physical science
- English composition/grammar
Sample Biology Degree Plan and Catalog Information
View our degree plans to find additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Biology, including the courses you will take when you're a biology major at Eastern.
Department Chair, Professor of Entomology
Office Location: Roosevelt Science Center (RSC), Room 310