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Department of Biological Sciences
Science Building, Room 338
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
(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

Biology Chair
Dr. Holly Pinkart
(509) 963-2710



See the Summer 2022 Course Offerings PDF for more information


Fall 2022 Course Offerings

For a full list, see Fall 2022 Course Offerings [PDF]

CRBW 317 Flyer for Fall 2022   CRBW 420 Flyer for Fall 2022   BIOL 444 Flyer for Fall 2022   BIOL 464 Flyer for Fall 2022   BIOL 450 Flyer for Fall 2022   Fall 2022 Flyer for BIOL 428 Nutrigenomics   

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Department News

CWU Biology Professor Featured for His Humanitarian Efforts


News Article on CWU's role in the WSDOT I-90 Snoqualmie Pass Project

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News Article on Biological Sciences' Greenhouse and Englehorn Pond


News Article on Craft Brewing Program

Alumni Video 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.

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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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