Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences

At CWU, you will gain an appreciation for scientific inquiry, developing skills in a wide variety of biological disciplines.

About the Biology Department

With a degree in Biological Sciences from Central Washington University, you’ll develop a strong understanding of biological concepts relevant to you and your future, both as a biologist and as a citizen. Evolution is the unifying theme of our curriculum.

Student Resources

Resources for students within the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Facilities used by the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Scholarships & Funding

Scholarship and funding opportunities.

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Vision, Mission, and Philosophy

A statement on the vision, mission, and philosophy of the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Why Study Biology at CWU?

The CWU Department of Biological Sciences faculty, staff, and facilities support your goals by offering small class sizes, hands-on laboratory and field work, daily interaction with expert faculty, and opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research. You will have the opportunity to engage in research in the areas of molecular biology, ecology, microbiology, organismal biology, and evolutionary biology. Our biologists contribute in a myriad of ways to our scientific knowledge and how we impact our world, and we want you to be part of it.

Degree Options

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.


Biology Greenhouse

Four environments, one greenhouse. Our Greenhouse is composed of four separate rooms, each in a different environment. Plants in the greenhouse are from all over the world - from the southwestern desert to tropical rain forests. You might even run into Snorkel, our resident tortoise.

Darwin Day

Our department, in conjunction with the College of the Sciences, annually celebrates the science of evolution and Darwin's contributions to our modern world during the week of Darwin's birthday, February 12th.

CWU News

CWU selects new executive director of Institutional Effectiveness

September 21, 2023


State of the University address scheduled for September 29

September 20, 2023


New exhibit to open September 28 at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

September 18, 2023


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Department of Biological Sciences

Science Building, Room 338
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537

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