Pursue Your Passion

Earning an advanced degree at WSU Tri-Cities will add personal and professional value to your life. This is your chance to help build a better word through research projects with world-renowned faculty and to increase your learning potential.

Graduate students in Biology generally focus on research in the broad areas of ecology, evolution, systematics, and molecular biology.

Because of the campus’ proximity to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other world-renowned science and engineering firms, there are abundant opportunities to conduct research, engage with industry professionals, and connect with community leaders.

Jim Cooper

Meet Dr. Cooper

Jim Cooper, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, specializes in the adaptive divergence of cranial anatomy in fishes. He earned a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Morphology from the University of Chicago. His research interests include functionally intricate skulls of those fishes in the lineage Percomorpha, skull evolution and how genetic changes affect fish skull evolution. Learn more about Dr. Cooper’s research…

Applicants must apply online to the Graduate School by January 10 for fall semester and by September 15 for spring semester. Foreign applicants should note the WSU Graduate School deadlines on the Application for Admission.

Our application process requires two steps.

STEP 1: Apply directly to the Graduate School.

The application must include:

  • Three letters of recommendation which will be submitted online (follow instructions on the Graduate School application page).
  • GRE scores: Required for international and domestic applicants. We require the GRE general test and recommend the Biology Subject Test. Have ETS send scores directly to the Graduate School. WSU Institutional Code: 4705
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants only): Official scores must be sent to the Graduate School. WSU Institutional Code: 4705
  • Transcripts: These must be sent directly to the Graduate School (follow instructions on the Graduate School application page).

STEP 2: Mail or email the supplement to application form directly to the School of Biological Sciences.

School of Biological Sciences
PO Box 644236
Pullman, WA 99164-4236

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