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Department of Biology
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BS - Biology

The Department of Biology offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. The BS degree is designed for students who require a broad background in biology, along with specialized training that will prepare them for specific careers. The program is based upon a core curriculum to provide the common background. Coursework for specific careers is based upon selection of elective courses, tailored to career choice. All students are expected to work closely with their faculty advisor to determine their curriculum.

In addition, the Bachelor's of Science in Biology program is designed to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to "do biology." At the introductory level, students enroll in Biological Investigation to learn the basics of how to design, conduct, and present research projects. During their final year, students enroll in the senior capstone course that highlights a research project. Many elective courses in biology also incorporate research projects. In addition, undergraduate students often conduct independent research projects in faculty labs. Our undergraduate students have presented their research projects at EWU's annual Research and Creative Works Symposium and at both regional and national scientific meetings.

What will I study?

BS in Biology: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Option

This option is recommended for students planning a career in medicine or dentistry. See below for advising guides for other pre-health science careers.

Courses: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentristy Curriculum; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentristy Curriculum)
Advisors: Dr. Prakash Bhuta, Dr. David Daberkow, Dr. Charles Herr, Dr. Joanna Joyner-Matos

BS in Biology: General Biology

The BS in Biology provides a core curriculum (General Biology Curriculum), if admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  (General Biology Curriculum);  but allows students flexibility in selecting elective courses that will best suit their career aspirations. Advising guides for different areas of interest provide recommended courses and, for most guides, information about careers and preparation for post-graduate study. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors in the selection of courses and career preparation.

BS in Biology: Advising Guides

Botany/Range Science

Courses: Botany/range science; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Botany/range science)

Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Schwab

Chiropractic

Courses: Pre-Chiropractic Medicine; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Chiropractic Medicine)
Advisor: Dr. Karen Carlberg

Fisheries

Courses: Fisheries
Advisor: Dr. Allan Scholz

Medical Technology

Courses: Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (4+1) or Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (3+1);
(If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (4+1) or Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (3+1))

Advisor: Dr. Andrea Castillo

Optometry

Courses: Pre-Optometry; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Optometry)
Advisor: Dr. Karen Carlberg

Pharmacy

Courses: Pharmacy (4 year with BS); Pharmacy (3 year without BS); (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Pharmacy)
Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Schwab

Physical Therapy

Courses: Pre-Physical Therapy; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Physical Therapy)
Advisor: Dr. Karen Carlberg

Physician Assistant

Courses: Pre-Physician Assistant; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Physician Assistant)
Advisor: Dr. Karen Carlberg

Veterinary Medicine

Courses: Pre-Veterinary Medicine;  (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Pre-Veterinary Medicine)

Advisor: Dr. Margaret O'Connell

Wildlife Biology-Management

Courses: Wildlife Biology; (If admitted Fall qtr 2013 or later, choose this one:  Wildlife Biology)

Advisor: Dr. Margaret O'Connell

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Expand and deepen their knowledge of biology and integrate that knowledge in their specialization
  • Become informed, critically thinking scientists who can design, execute and communicate original research in the field of biology
  • Become proficient in oral communication about biology in general, and their research area, in particular
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