Biological Sciences instructor with a student in the lab.

Biology Degree Plan

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • Biology – Basic Medical Sciences Option
  • Biology – General Option
  • Biology – Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre-Occupational Therapy/Pre-Physician’s Assistant Option
  • Biology – Plant Biology Option
  • Biology – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Option
  • Biology – Education Option
  • Biology – Entomology Option




Certificate in Quantitative Biology

Admission to the Major Requirements 

Admission to the Biology major requires a 2.0 GPA at WSU.

Suggested Classes for First-year Students

  • Two science or two math 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
    • OR Biology 370: Ecology of Health and Disease
  • Biology 395: Evolutionary Medicine
    • OR Biology 403: Evolutionary Biology
    • OR 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
    • OR Math 170: Calculus I
  • Physics 101 and 102: General Physics
    • OR Physics 201 and 202: Physics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Statistics 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
    • OR Statistics 412: Statistical Methods in Research

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Student Clubs of Interest

  • Biology Club
  • Zoology Club
  • Scientista
  • Raptor Club and Rehabilitation Program
  • Pre-Health Professions:
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Pre-Nursing Club: Rho Nu
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Pre-PT/OT Club
  • Pre-Vet Club (AKA Organization of Future Veterinarians)

Program Strengths

  • Build a strong foundation in the sciences. Use options to focus on depth and breadth of interest areas.
  • Courses cover 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.
  • Opportunities for one-on-one research with biology faculty, including field and laboratory experiences.
  • 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.
  • Prepare for graduate and professional schools.
  • Math, science, and engineering community residence halls with other entering students in shared classes provide opportunities for group study, free tutoring, and computer lab access.
  • Conner Museum of Natural History and Marion Ownbey Herbarium offer specimens of animals and plants for research and study.

Career Options

  • Medicine, dentistry, and health fields
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Pharmacology, nutrition, and dietetics
  • Veterinary medicine and animal care
  • Fisheries and wildlife ecology
  • Plant biology, agriculture, and horticulture
  • Entomology
  • Conservation and resource management
  • Environmental assessment
  • Ecological restoration
  • Ecologist
  • Botanist
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • Forensics and pathology
  • Public policy, science writing, journalism
  • Science education