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Biological Sciences
Science Building 338
(509) 963-2731

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The Department of Biological Sciences provides the biological component of the liberal arts education at Central Washington University. We promote student understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and to society, and foster an appreciation of scientific inquiry.

Evolution is the unifying theme of our curriculum. Our students obtain a broad education covering a wide variety of biological disciplines. Our teaching philosophy and facilities support a rich education experience with small class sizes, hands-on experience, regular interaction with expert faculty, and opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research.

We offer a full complement of competitive pre-professional programs, strong programs in regional field biology, and a high-quality program for secondary biology educators.  

Biology Office Contact Information

Biology Main Office
Science Building, Room 338
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Phone: (509) 963-2731

Interim Biology Chair
Jennifer Dechaine
Phone: (509) 963-2878


CWU Science Seminar Presents:

“Materials-Driven Approach to Discovering and Understanding the Materials of the Future.” Presenter:  Dr. Ben White, CWU Department of Physics

April 30th from 4-5 pm. Join on Zoom

One of the most productive mechanisms for improving existing technology or developing entirely new technologies is to incorporate novel materials with ground-breaking properties.  What kinds of materials are well-suited to drive the technological innovations of the future?  Many will be correlated electron materials that boast “super” properties such as superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, colossal magnetocaloric effects, and many others.  One of the dirty secrets of correlated electron materials research is that our understanding of the physics that governs such properties is surprisingly underdeveloped.  Theories that both comprehensively explain correlated electron phenomena and, more importantly, predict which materials will exhibit them remain elusive.  In such an environment, new correlated electron phenomena are discovered experimentally, sometimes completely by accident, by studying the properties of new materials.  This materials-driven approach to discovering and understanding correlated electron properties will be discussed, including how it is used in undergraduate student research at CWU.

Sponsored by CWU College of the Sciences & Biological Sciences Department

Get Intimate With The Shrub Steppe & The Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest

Online and In-Person Activities

Friday May 7 - May 9th  (with most events on Saturday and Sunday)

PDF of SUMMER 2021 Course Schedule for Biological Sciences and Craft Brewing


PDF of Spring 2021 Course Schedule for Biological Sciences and Craft Brewing


Graduate Opportunities in Biology at CWU with the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project: Fish and Wildlife Connectivity in the Washington Cascade Range 


How to Contact the WSU-Spokane Medicine (M.D.), Pharmacy, and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Programs


News Article on Craft Brewing Program





Science Seminar Series


Alumni Spotlight 

Connor Parrish (CWU Biology Masters alum) discusses a multi-agency project he is working on to rescue stranded bull trout.


Helen Lau, CWU Biology Masters alum, is featured in The Nature Conservancy video "WA Women and Climate Action".


CWU Biology alums, Anjanette Wilson, Brian Hiatt, Bud Taylor, and Shelley Lankford assist the State Department of Health, working to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Full Story

CWU Biology alums, William Meyer and Helen Lau, discuss an upcoming wetlands restoration partnership project of the Gold Creek Valley near Snoqualmie Pass. 





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