Biology and Health Sciences Department
Dr. Nina Thumser
Students gain hands-on research experience
EU biologists examine endangered turtle species in Southern rivers and tributaries.
Summer courses offer experiential learning
EU students investigated the region’s biodiversity through hands-on field research at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology (PLE) in Linesville, Pa.
Professor's book published
Dr. Peter Lindeman’s book on turtle biology and ecology published after decade of research.
The department’s primary mission is to train our students for their future career and/or educational opportunities in biological and environmental sciences. Our degree programs enable students to pursue a wide variety of career and educational pathways including: biological research, health care, environmental management, wildlife conservation, and education (university, K12, naturalist in science museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and nature centers). Their training can also be combined with other fields for careers in: biotechnology, forensic science, politics, business, economics, mathematics (bioinformatics), scientific writing, and scientific illustration.
Our programs are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of entry level biology positions, as well as graduate work in biologically related Master’s and Doctoral programs. The Biology and Health Sciences Programs are proudly accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
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Students interested in entering schools of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary science, optometry, or podiatry usually pursue the pre-healing arts option of the Bachelor of Science in Biology. Pre-healing arts students are assigned an advisor who provides special guidance in selecting courses that will be helpful in gaining admission to professional schools.
In addition, the department offers specific programs and degrees in related areas. These include the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Biology. Specific information on each program is available.
Edinboro University offers a course of study in liberal arts and sciences to prepare students for admission to schools of veterinary medicine. Though admission requirements for professional schools vary, the program at Edinboro University can be tailored to meet the requirements for any school.
Edinboro University offers a course of study in liberal arts and sciences to prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, or podiatry. Though admission requirements for professional schools vary, the program at Edinboro University can be tailored to meet the requirements for any school.
The BS in Environmental Biology program is intended to provide the student with a specialized study of environmental biology and related scientific disciplines at the undergraduate level. Students who wish to prepare for a career emphasizing the biological components of environmental sciences will find this curriculum appropriate. Graduates may find employment with local, state, and federal environmental agencies, zoos and aquaria, private consulting firms, or continue on to graduate school.
The BS in Environmental Biology: Wildlife Biology concentration program is intended to provide the student with a specialized study of wildlife biology with a broad-based curriculum at the undergraduate level. This curriculum will also provide the academic requirements for students to apply to the Wildlife Society for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist. Students will learn about the management and conservation of wildlife and be prepared for work or graduate school in the wildlife field.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Sciences program is designed to prepare students in human health related professions. The basic degree will directly prepare students to entry level human health related careers such as health service managers, pharmaceutical representatives, and community health educators.
A medical technologist performs various chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, immunologic and other medical laboratory procedures used by a physician for determining the presence and extent of disease. Approximately two-thirds of all medical technologists are employed in hospital laboratories. Others work in physicians offices, armed forces and government laboratories and pharmaceutical houses.
The minor in Biology provides a solid core of fundamental biology courses coupled with advanced biology electives from which you can choose to customize your studies. In addition to deepening your understanding and appreciation of the living world, a biology minor expands your potential career and graduate school opportunities by enabling you to take your non-biology major in exciting new directions.
Whatever your major, if you want to bring a scientific understanding of animals, plants, and/or human biology into your degree studies and your future career, the biology minor is designed to work for you.