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Biology Advising

Thank you for your interest in a major in the Department of Biological Sciences!

The Faculty and Staff in the Biology Department look forward to working with you to achieve your educational goals!

All students interested in pursuing a Biology Major, with the exception of those focused on teaching (see below), begin the advising process with our General Advisor, Mary Cairns Park.  Please send her an email to get started in the Biology Major. She will be able to work with you on determining your biology specialization and course planning towards your goals.


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


Check out the Biology Department webpage: for overall department information, links to scholarships, internships, student clubs, and research opportunities.

If you are considering a career in healthcare please review the information found here:


Biology Teaching

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

How to Become a Biology Major or Minor

Please submit an application to  You can leave the faculty advisor line blank at this time.

Application to the Biology Major or Minor [PDF]

For signature approval, please fill out and sign the form using an electronic signature and save as a pdf.  You may also print your name in the signature area if you are unable to provide a signature.  

  • Please be sure to open the document within Adobe Acrobat to fill out.  To do this, either click on the link and select "Open in Adobe Acrobat" or, if sent to you as an attachment, download the form, save it and then open it within Adobe Acrobat to fill out. Do not open the form in "Preview" to fill out -- doing so may corrupt the form and cause the text fields to appear blank when opened by another person.
  • Please do not send as an image (ex: .jpg or .png).
  • Please do not password protect or  "share" the PDF through Acrobat as it stops the advisor from adding their own signature.
  • How To Sign And Send Your PDF Document


What to Do Once You Become a Biology Major or Minor (Changing for Fall 2021)

Complete and File a Course of Study: 

B.A. and B.S. Major Course Requirements and Course of Study Worksheets

Biology Minor Course of Study Worksheet

CWU Online Catalog lists the co- and pre-requisites for courses in your course of study and should be used when planning your course of study. Be sure to select the catalog year that is the same year you entered the major.


Other Forms and Information

Major GPA Calculator

Biology Schedule of Course Offerings

Forms from Registrar Services (Graduation, Individual Study, Course Substitution, Change of Schedule/Overload, etc.)

Pre-Major Assistance

Discover Orientations  I  Initial Pre-Major Advising Info  I  Advising Information for Transfer Students



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