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Find out how life works.

The WWU Department of Biological Sciences trains undergraduate and graduate students in experimental and field sciences in a Christian setting.  The objectives of the department are to:

  • develop an understanding of the principles of biology that will better acquaint students with the world in which they live
  • create an atmosphere conducive to individual investigation and research
  • prepare department majors for graduate and professional education, teaching, and careers in the biological sciences.

The department offers a Master of Science degree in biology, a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and jointly with other departments Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry, bioengineering, and biophysics. A minor in biology also is available. Students have exceptional opportunities for study in the biological sciences during the summer at the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory.

A biology degree can open the door to a myriad of career opportunities including physician, university professor, lab technician, teacher, field biologist, and veterinarian. Our program mixes field and laboratory experience while giving flexibility to choose courses in the area you prefer. The biology faculty are committed to teaching more than the history of biology or a list of facts; they want to inspire you with the skills and appreciation to study life.

The study of life is an exciting and growing challenge in the 21st century. We want to share with you our passion for biology as together we widen our understanding of the natural world.

Biology students at WWU have opportunities to participate in research and professional activities with faculty in the department.  Every year students and faculty share the results of their research at the Murdock Undergraduate Conference.  Other opportunities to present research may arise as well.

Research Achievements and Highlights

Careers in Biological Sciences by AIBS

WWU Students Present Research at the November 2014 Murdock Conference

WWU Students Present Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Highlights

DNA Damage and Repair - Research by Dr. Lindsey

International Sea Turtle Conference

Undergraduate Academic Symposiums

Last update on October 30, 2017