Academic Programs

Department of Biological Sciences

The department offers four bachelor degrees and a minor. All of our programs benefit from the high interdisciplinary activity between departments across campus creating richer, integrated courses that are strong in science. Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 527-2132.

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Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

Biological scientists study living organisms, cells, or biological molecules. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, most biologists go on to study a specialized area within the life sciences. Biological specializations include marine biology, limnology, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology, zoology, ecology, agricultural science, molecular biology, immunology, and neurobiology. One summer term at the WWU Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory is required.

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Biochemistry Major (Bachelor of Science)

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary program. WWU has many strong science-related programs (engineering, physics, math), and chemistry students benefit from high interdisciplinary activity between the departments and resulting in a strong science set and an academically rigorous community.

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Bioengineering Science Major (Bachelor of Science)

Studying Bioengineering at Walla Walla University will equip you to pursue a career in a wide variety of engineering focused professions. While studying aspects of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering, you will learn how to combine your engineering knowledge with your understanding of life sciences, physical sciences and mathematics to define and solve problems in a variety of fields including biology, medicine, health care and more.  By studying Bioengineering at Walla Walla University you will have the foundation of technical skills and awareness of social responsibility to make a positive impact on your world.

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Biophysics Major (Bachelor of Science)

The interdisciplinary major in biophysics should best fulfill the needs of the student who plans a career in medicine or who plans on research and advanced study into the physics of living systems. Biophysics includes a strong mathematical preparation coupled with the development of problem solving skills and the understanding of fundamental physical processes through the physics course requirements. A number of students have used the biophysics degree as preparation for careers in medicine. It also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in biophysics and related areas such as environmental science, molecular biology, and physiology.

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Marine Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

Studying marine biology is great preparation for careers in conservation, research, or education. Students will spend two summers at WWU’s premiere marine laboratory on the Salish Sea, and get direct access to hands-on opportunities and custom research equipment.

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Biology Minor

A biology minor is an excellent addition to any major, particularly those focused on health-related professions.

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