Biology Major: Microscopy Option

Why study biology and microscopy at CMU?

The biology-related programs provide students with a strong background to prepare them for future careers or graduate study in biology. Consider some key features distinguishing these programs:

  • Advanced facilities, including research laboratories, an animal room, a computer laboratory, electron microscopes, and a greenhouse
  • The only university in Michigan and one of two in the Midwest that operates an island research station - the CMU Biological Research Station on Beaver Island located in northern Lake Michigan
  • Fieldwork opportunities at Neithercut Woodland, located just miles north of CMU's campus
  • CMU is the only university in the nation with a bachelor's degree option in microscopy

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 9 to 17 percent.
  • Recent budget increases at the National Institutes of Health have led to large increases in federal research and development expenditures.
  • New industrial applications of biotechnology, such as changing how companies make ethanol for transportation fuel, also will spur demand for biological scientists.

Career options

Graduates of the biology-related programs at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Biological Researcher
  • Cell Biologist
  • Elementary or High School Teacher
  • Forestry Technician
  • Microscopist
  • Soil Scientist
  • University or College Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

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.
Total: 67-71 semester hours A chemistry minor is suggested.
Core Courses
(20 hours)
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
BIO 203
General Botany
BIO 208
BIO 218
General Zoology
BIO 326
BIO 340
Required Courses
(20-21 hours)
BIO 324
Cell Biology
BIO 330
Light Microscopy
BIO 403
Undergraduate Research
BIO 550
Transmission Electron Microscope Technique
BIO 552
Scanning Electron Microscope Technique
BIO 553
Confocal Microscopy
Other Requirements I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Option B
(5 hours)
Other Requirements II
(7-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(8 hours)
Option B
(7 hours)
Other Requirements III
(10 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(10 hours)
Option B
(10 hours)
Other Requirements IV
(3 hours)
A higher-level math course may be substituted for MTH 106
MTH 106
Plane Trigonometry
(1-2 hours)
Biology electives to be selected in consultation with a biology advisor.

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