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

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Biology Transfer Student Advising

Where do I start and who do I talk to? 

In all cases, it is best to contact an advisor even before transferring to CWU to make sure you have the classes you need to minimize time to graduation. 

All transfer students interested in pursuing a Biology Major, with the exception of those focused on teaching (see below), begin the advising process with the College of the Sciences Advisor for Biological Sciences.  Please send an email to COTS Advising Office to get connected to your advisor. Please contact your Biology Faculty Mentor instead if one has already been assigned to you. 

College of the Sciences (COTS) Advising Office
Phone: 509-963-1498
Email: COTS Advising Office

If you are interested in a health career but aren’t sure what program is right for you, please see the Health Career Resources website.  There you will find resources that will assist you in with choosing a health career path, along with advising and faculty mentor information for specific health fields. 

If you are interested in a career as a high school biology teacher, contact Ms. Rachel George, Academic Advisor for STEM Teaching.  [email:

Please bring a copy of your transcripts along with the Office of the Registrar's evaluation of your credits to your initial advising meeting.   


By the time I arrive at CWU, what courses should I have completed? 

One year General Biology for science majors (with labs)
One year General Chemistry for science majors (with labs)
Math thru Pre-Calculus

For CWU transfer equivalencies from Community Colleges, see these pages:

Biology, B.A. Transfer Map

Biology, B.S. Transfer Map


How will my classes transfer?

Check out Transfer Course Equivalencies.


What if I am still thinking about transferring to CWU? 

Refer to the Transfer Admission Criteria for CWU admission requirements, located on the Office of the Registrar's website.


What major should I pursue? 

Research the Biology Majors and Minor.  If you are interested in pursuing a health career, research CWU’s pre-health programs on the Health Career Resources website.


What jobs/careers are available with this degree? 

See Career Services’ What Can I Do With a Career in Biology?


What is the schedule, modality, and cost of attending CWU? 

Currently, the Biology programs can only be completed in-person on the Ellensburg campus. 
Click this link for CWU Ellensburg Campus costs. 

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