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Biology
College of the Sciences
Biology Teaching
College of the Sciences
Biomedical Science Specialization
College of the Sciences
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
College of the Sciences
Molecular and Cell Biology Specialization
College of the Sciences
Biology
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

Description

You might say you take your life in your hands when you study biology. That’s because it is literally the study of life—all life—from one-celled organisms to multi-species habitats. And when you study the biosphere at CWU, you will receive hands-on learning from award winning professors.

Opportunities

Studying biology is a chance to explore all the aspects of life ranging from insects to mammals. Having an understanding of biology can lead to a rewarding career in a number of fields including agronomy, biochemistry, conservation, forestry, marine biology, or zoology. CWU offers a BA and a BS in biology with specializations in biomedical science, ecology and evolutionary biology, and molecular and cell biology.

Why this program?

At CWU, students gain an understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and to society and gain an appreciation of scientific inquiry. Studying biology helps us decipher many social and economic issues and is at the forefront of environmental issues.

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Biology Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Crystal Weddington
509-963-2660
crystal.weddington@cwu.edu

Description

Interested in becoming a teacher? Good news...science teachers are in high demand in Washington State and across the country. Our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers, with many employment options. Science teachers get to share their love of science and make a difference in their community.

Opportunities

In Washington K-12 schools, about one teacher in five is a CWU graduate. CWU’s reputation as the top choice for educator preparation comes from a history of producing the state’s best educators, leading education change, and providing diverse opportunities for certification and field experience.

Why this program?

When quality and affordability are both taken into account, CWU’s School of Education offers a best value to its students. That’s the assessment of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which recently released its ‘Best Value’ ratings of colleges of education across the United States. It is the first time that a national education policy organization has conducted a comprehensive review of quality paired with affordability.

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Biomedical Science Specialization
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

Description

Biology is the study of life—all life—from one-celled organisms to multi-species habitats. The Biomedical Science Specialization allows you to pursue careers in human health (medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy) and veterinary medicine.

Opportunities

There are unlimited opportunities for students pursuing a professional degree in the health professions. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for the entrance exams (MCAT, et al.) and give you the best advantage when seeking admission to professional schools.

Why this program?

You’ll have numerous opportunities to become a competitive candidate for professional schools. You’ll work closely with dedicated professors to perform meaningful research, publish papers, and present posters at national conventions.

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Specialization
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

Description

The Ecology and Evolution Specialization is designed for students broadly interested in basic and applied biology, natural resource management, agriculture, ecological restoration, conservation biology, disease dynamics, animal behavior, and biological research.

Opportunities

You’ll have numerous opportunities to work closely with professors on meaningful research. In biology, the great outdoors is your classroom, and our students study in wildlife preserves, national forests, and nature reserves.

Why this program?

You’ll have the opportunity to take field study courses in other countries, and work with scientists all over the world. Other resources include the CWU greenhouse and the Englehorn Pond nature preserve, as well as advanced laboratory technology.

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Molecular and Cell Biology Specialization
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mari Knirck
509-963-2731
mari.knirck@cwu.edu

Description

Molecular and Cell Biology is the study of fundamental processes that form the basis of biological life and the techniques used to study these processes. This specialization prepares you for entry into graduate degree programs, professional programs in the biomedical fields, or jobs in biomedical/agricultural research labs in government and industry.

Opportunities

There are many and varied opportunities for students pursuing a degree with the Molecular and Cell Biology specialization. You’ll find a wide spectrum of careers that demand the technical skills you learn with this program, from biotechnology research to the health professions.

Why this program?

You’ll have numerous opportunities to work closely with professors on meaningful research. In addition to studying genetics, physiology, microbiology and developmental biology, you’ll also gain the technical skills to work with advanced scientific technology. Our advisors will work closely with you to prepare a curriculum that will best meet your needs.

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Why CWU Biology?

A diversity of habitats and organisms can be found within a short distance of Ellensburg and CWU. These include prime examples of shrub-steppe, forest, and alpine terrestrial systems as well as the Yakima River, Columbia River and numerous other aquatic habitats.

The employment outlook for biology education students is excellent. Our graduates teach biology in high schools and also have the necessary basic preparation to enter a career in industry or pursue an advanced degree in science.

Graduates of CWU Biology enjoy careers in a number of fields including agronomy, biochemistry, conservation, forestry, marine biology, teaching, or zoology.

Students work in advanced laboratories to understand genetic sequencing.

Students explore all the aspects of life ranging from insects to mammals.

The great outdoors is your lab. You’ll be hiking through deserts, forests, or wetlands to collect specimens and record data.

Connect to CWU Biology

Choose to study biology at Central, the experience of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Hands-on Learning

Central’s commitment to hands-on learning, discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Students get to do what they’re studying in real-world professional settings, which makes learning exciting and relevant.

Experience Biology at CWU

CWU Research on I-90

CWU researchers have been studying wildlife along Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass for several years to help inform how the state’s first freeway overpass for animals will be designed. Since 2008, WSDOT has funded research by CWU faculty and students at animal crossings along I-90. The wildlife monitoring project is the largest study of its kind in the U.S. and is unique because the monitoring is occurring prior to construction.

Points of Pride

Your classroom may be a mountain stream or a desert basin, because your hands-on experience will teach you more than any book or lecture alone. Our students work closely with dedicated professors and perform meaningful research, publish papers, and present posters at national conventions.

The CWU greenhouse facility is composed of four separate rooms or "houses." Each room has a different environment. Our greenhouse is utilized for faculty and student projects, classroom visits and tour groups. Plants in the greenhouse are from all over the world - from the southwestern desert to tropical rain forests.

Engelhorn Pond is a nature preserve that furthers research and conservation of wildlife habitat including many different species of birds, turtles, amphibians, zooplankton, amphipods (scuds), aquatic invertebrates, snails, leeches and many protozoans. The pond is used for biology classes, tour groups, and individual research projects.

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