Studies in Biology at EMU
Cerrie Mendoza, a biology major, is taking part in a collaboration pilot project between the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the U.S. Geological Survey, EMU and JMU to gather genetic samples from certain North American species of salamanders that were first collected and described 50 years ago.
Award-winning professor and Galapagos researcher Dr. Conley McMullen ’78 to lecture on endangered West Virginia plants. McMullen teaches at James Madison University. His research focuses on the eastern U.S. and the Galápagos Islands (floristics, systematics, pollination biology).
Samantha Kauffman and Marchelle Smucker, winners of the upperclass division of the STEM poster show, discuss their research with Professor Esther Tian. The duo explored high salt and high fructose diets. Thirty-nine research projects were showcased at the annual event.
Senior Amanda Williams, junior Bekah Mongold and Hannah Daley '17 take a break during summer data collection on Crab Run in Bergton, Virginia. Williams and Daley are the recipients of the first EMU Summer Research Grant, which they are using to explore the relationship between canopy cover and water temperature.
If you’re interested in biology, you’re interested in life. You have a passion for human health, animals, forests, streams, and soil and the desire to make a difference for generations to come. With a degree from EMU, you will gain the knowledge and skills to make meaningful, scientific contributions for a better world and be able to articulate the important role of science in our society.
At EMU you’ll join a team, of students and professors, who share your interests. You’ll develop transferable skills for many careers, as you conduct novel experiments with tangible impacts. You’ll have the privilege of working with faculty on research projects and/or gaining career experiences through practicums or internships.
As you analyze data, debate issues, and engage in field work in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding regions, you’ll develop skills in scientific interpretation and an awareness of the ethical issues that surround science. Our school’s small size means ready access to equipment and we have newly renovated facilities that reflect current trends in laboratory design.
Although Biology is one of the biggest programs at EMU, you’ll receive individual instruction, from professors who will mentor you. We have an excellent reputation; our graduates are sought both by graduate schools and employers – they know EMU biology grads are well-prepared critical thinkers with real-world experience.