Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Emily Geiger stopped by Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the biology degree offered at FinnU. This is Dr. Geiger’s second year of teaching at Finlandia. Upon her arrival, both science labs had been newly renovated, thanks to Portage Health System. With the renovations, Dr. Geiger mentioned that students now have their own individual work spaces, and more classes can be offered, like organic chemistry, due to the upgraded equipment.
Dr. Geiger stated that her favorite part of working at Finlandia, so far, has been her ability to get to know her students on a personal level. With an open door policy for her office, she said that she knows where her students are from, what sport they play, where they work and so on. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the smaller sizes are not only beneficial for the students, but also for the professors, allowing them more one-on-one time with each other.
The biology degree was formerly referred to as pre-professional sciences. The degree program was tweaked and redubbed biology. Dr. Geiger stated that one of the wonderful things about a degree in biology is the versatility students have when going into graduate programs. Another perk to Finlandia’s small class sizes is if a course is not offered but students show interest in a specific topic, an independent study can be arranged. For more information on the biology degree offered at FinnU, check out the additional links below.
Pure Liquid Yeast
Outside of teaching, Dr. Geiger runs a small business called Craft Cultures. Craft Cultures provides liquid yeast to breweries and home brewers across the nation. Dr. Geiger stated that she loves being able to teach, while at the same time being able to combine microbiology with brewing, and Finlandia has been the perfect fit, allowing her to do both.
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