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The Department of Biology and Chemistry at Morehead State University is dedicated to letting you explore your interest in the hard sciences in the most effective way possible through hands-on learning and research opportunities. Faculty members will know you by name thanks to our small class sizes, and will provide you with personal, one-on-one attention. In addition, MSU offers numerous resources to help you achieve your personal and academic goals, from personal tutoring to professional academic and career advising. After you graduate, you will have the knowledge and practical skills to be successful whether you are pursuing a career or a graduate degree. 

The Department of Biology and Chemistry also has a strong undergraduate research emphasis. You will be able to conduct research ranging from watershed monitoring and assessment to molecular analysis of DNA replication as early as your freshman year. The large majority of students in the department's research program are  MSU Undergraduate Research Fellows, a program which supports students with a stipend as they work with faculty members on research projects. Other students are supported by research grants awarded to faculty members, and many of these students conduct research during the summer. You could even have the opportunity to present the results of your research at local, regional and national scientific conferences.


Graduates from the Department of Biology and Chemistry are accepted to professional schools at a rate well above state and national averages, demonstrating the quality education you will receive at MSU. Below are professional school acceptance rates during the last five years, based on the number of students accepted versus the number of applications received:

  • Pre-Medicine: MSU, 90%; state, 45%; national, 38% 
  • Pre-Dentistry: MSU, 100%: state, 38%, national, 48%
  • Pre-Pharmacy: MSU, 88%; state, 45%; national, 50%
  • Pre-Physical Therapy: MSU, 70%; state, 44%; national, 28%
  • Pre-Physician Assistant: MSU, 85%; state, 35%; national, 14%

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost all careers associated with biology and chemistry are expected to grow at a pace “much faster than average,” including the health professions (pharmacy, physician, etc), environmental chemists, environmental biologists and cellular/molecular biologists.  
In our rapidly changing world, biologists and chemists will play an important role in solving problems related to health, industry and the environment. Graduating from MSU will give you the knowledge and skills you need to combat these and other pressing global issues. 

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