A Foundation in Science

Biology is the science of life. The study of biology encompasses molecular, cellular, and physiological processes, evolutionary diversity, ecological relationships, and global systems. Biologists study life from prehistoric times to organisms alive today and model how life may change in the future.

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in biology, including molecular and cell biology, physiology and development of animals and plants, conservation biology, disease biology, genetics and genomics, taxonomy and systematics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Small class sizes in advanced courses will provide opportunities for one-on-one research with biology faculty, including field and laboratory experiences.

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Four WSU professors are pairing up with high school teachers in the Tri-Cities this summer to complete research in viticulture and enology, bioproducts engineering, plant pathology and biological sciences through the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust’s Partners in Science Program. MJ Murdock Charitable Trust is providing $13,000 to each high school teacher participating, which may go toward research, professional development and other educational resources. Read more…

Gain skills in research design, data analysis, DNA and cell biological techniques, physiological diagnostics, ecological and environmental assessment, phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis, global complex systems analysis, computer modeling and simulations, scientific writing, and professional communications.

The biology degree will also prepare you to apply for graduate and professionals schools.

Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor to learn how easy it is to apply.

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

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Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.

The biology minor requires 24 completed semester credits and a 2.0 minimum GPA.

Suggested Classes for First-Year Students

  • Two science classes OR One science and one math
  • Two non-science classes each semester

Suggested Classes for Transfer Students

  • Core biology, physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics requirements and electives

Math Requirement

  • Math 140: Calculus for Life Scientists OR Math 171: Calculus I

Core Courses

  • Biology 106: Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology
  • Biology 107: Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Biology 301: General Genetics
  • Biology 372: General Ecology
  • Biology 405: Principles of Organic Evolution
  • Chemistry 105: Principles of Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 106: Principles of Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 345: Organic Chemistry I
  • Math 140: Calculus for Life Scientists
  • Physics 101 and 102: General Physics
  • Statistics 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods OR Statistics 412: Statistical Methods in Research

See what other minors and certificates are available at WSU Tri-Cities.

Biology majors develop critical thinking and empirical skills that are translatable to a number of careers. Your options are only limited by your interests.

Graduates of WSU Tri-Cities leave campus fully ready to enter the workforce. The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in biology.

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