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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


Winter Quarter 2023 Course Offerings 

Course Flyers:

BIOL 352 Parasitology
Learn about: Biological relations of animal parasite and host; structure, classification, and methods of diagnosis of parasitic protozoa, worms, and arthropods.
5 credits. Biological Diversity Group.  Prerequisite: BIOL 183
Lecture WF 10:00-10:50AM.  Lab WF 2:00-4:50 PM

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Gabrielle Stryker at / Office SCIE 236G





















BIOL 441 Plant Physiology
Learn about: Plant Metabolism and Water Balance, Photosynthesis, Plant Responses to Light, Nutrients and Water, Plant Responses to Pathogens and Herbivores and more.
5 credits. Structure/Function and Molecular Cell Group.  Prerequisites: BIOL 183, BIOL213, CHEM 361
Lecture MWF 9:00-9:50AM. Lab T 1:00-4:50 PM

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Mary Poulson at / Office SCIE 236K





















GEOL / BIOL 377 and 377LAB Regional Natural History Field Course
5 credit elective for Biology & Geology (also fulfills field requirement for Environmental Studies).
This is a hybrid field course, taught by Dr. Lisa Ely, CWU Geology ( with guest presentations from the Biology, Geography and Anthropology Departments. 
Held Wednesdays 3-6pm with additional online content and field research projects.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ely at



















Good News

  • CWU Biological Sciences faculty member, Dr. Paul James and Joe Blodgett (Biology B.S. 1997), participated in podcast series “THE WILD” hosted by Chris Morgan. 

Listen to the episode: "Make it like it was: Clean, cold and flowing Gold Creek of Snoqualmie Pass" 

Chris is the host and co-creator of 'THE WILD with Chris Morgan’ , a podcast that transports people back to nature through exquisite storytelling about wildlife, conservation, and the wonders of our wild planet. Within its first year, the podcast hit the top 1% of all podcasts and has become a hub for Chris’s storytelling through audio and film; all part of his mission to reconnect people with nature, so they fall in love with it, and want to protect it.
Listen to Episodes | Chris MorganWildlife 

See Also:

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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