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.
Bachelor of Science, Biology Major
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.
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry Major
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.
Bachelor of Science, Bioengineering Major
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in bioengineering is intended primarily for students planning to pursue advanced studies in bioengineering, medicine, dentistry, public health, or physiology. It is not designed for students desiring to enter directly into the practice of professional engineering following their undergraduate study.
Bachelor of Science, Biophysics Major
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.
A biology minor is an excellent addition to any major, particularly those focused on health-related professions.