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Department of Biology
258 Science Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2339


Welcome to the Department of Biology's homepage. We hope that you will find the information you need at this website, and that you feel free to contact us for further information. Please visit us in person as well. Our department strives to create a community of learners with faculty and students interacting in the classrooms and lab/field classes, as well as through a variety of research opportunities. 

A degree in biology is the first step into finding a career in one of hundreds of growing fields in health sciences, biotechnology and environmental sciences; in government agencies concerned with resource management, environmental quality and medical research; and in educational institutions as teachers and laboratory technicians. Learn about the various opportunities that EWU's Biology Department provides, by clicking on one of the links to side.

What are the degree options?

Biology encompasses the scientific study of life. The structure and function of organisms are studied at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystems levels.

Biologists work in hundreds of fields, including the health sciences, biotechnology and environmental sciences; in government agencies concerned with resource management, environmental quality and medical research; and in educational institutions as teachers and laboratory technicians.

The Department of Biology offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of  Arts in Education (BAE) for Biology. All students are expected to work closely with their faculty advisor to determine their curriculum.

In coordination with the program in Environmental Science, the Department of Biology offers an Evironmental Science major with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. This major includes a core curriculum that provides students with a broad exposure to biology, chemistry, geology, statistics, and geographic information systems. More focused courses in biology provide students with expertise in their emphasis area. Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both environmental science and biology.

The Department of Biology offers minors in biology, health sciences, biology/secondary, and general science/add-on endorsements.

The Department of Biology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Biology. The MS degree is based on a core curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to address a research question through their masters thesis. Support for graduate students is availabe on a competitive basis through Graduate Service Appointments.

What can I do with my degree?

What can you do with a degree in Biology? Here are some examples of careers you can pursue:


Biophysicist Embryonic Engineer
Agricultural Economist Biostatistician Emergency Medical Assistant
Agricultural Nematologist Biotechnologist Emergency Medical Technician
Agronomist Bird Pathologist Endocrinologist
Algologist Botanist Environmental Biologist
Allergist Brewmaster Environmental Consultant
Anesthesiologist Cell Biologist Environmental Engineer
Anesthetist Cell Culture Operator Environmental Health and Safety
Animal Behaviorist Cell Physiologist Environmental Impact Analyst
Animal Husbandry Technician Certified Laboratory Assistant Environmental Physiologist
Animal Nutritionist Chiropractor Environmental Planner
Animal Pathologist Clinical Parasitologist Environmental Public Relations
Anthropologist Clinical Technician Environmentalist
Apiarist Communication Media Specialist Ethologist
Aquaculturist Conservation Warden/Ranger Extension Agent (Farm Advisor)
Aquarium Director Cooperative Agricultural Technician Farm Manager
Aquatic Biologist Cooperative Extension Service Worker Field Biologist
Aquatic Ecologist Crab Mariculturist Fish Culturist
Arboriculturist Crime Laboratory Technician Fish Pathologist
Archeologist Cytogeneticist Fisheries Biologist
Audiologist Cytopathologist Food & Drug Inspector
Aviculturist Cytotechnologist Food Processing Manager
Bacteriologist Dairy Manager Food Technologist
Biochemist Dentist Forensic Pathologist
Biological Consultant Developmental Biologist Forensic Service Technician
Biological Engineer Dietician Forest Economist
Biological Photographer Ecological Consultant Forest Pathologist
Biological Process Engineer Economic Botanist Forest Products Technologist
Biological Quality Assurance Manager Editor - Science Forest Ranger
Biology Teacher Electron Microscopist Forester
Biomedical Engineer Technician Electrophoresis Specialist Forestry Technician
Biometrician Embryologist Game Manager
Geneticist Occupational Therapist Research Technician
Genetic Counselor Oenologist Resource Policy Analyst
Greenhouse Manager Optician Respiratory Therapist
Herpetologist Oral Surgeon Sanitary Engineer
Histology Technician Ornithologist Science Librarian
Histologist Osteopath Science Writer
Horticulturist Paleocologist Sewage Plant Operator
Hospital Administrator Paleontologist Silvaculturist
Ichthyologist Palynologist Sitviculturalist
Immunologist Paramedic Sociobiologist
Industrial Hygienist Park Manager Soil Scientist
Industrial Waste Specialist Park Naturalist Staff Research Associate
Insect Quarantine Inspector Park Ranger Surgeon
Lab Technician Park Technician Taxidermist
Laboratory Manager Pathologist Taxonomist
Laboratory Technician Peace Corps Representative Toxicologist
Land Manager Pediatrician Tree Surgeon
Landscape Architect Pest Control Specialist Veterinarian
Limnologist Pet Shop Owner Veterinary Hospital Assistant
Mammalogist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Virologist
Manufacturing Plant Manager Pharmacist Viticulturist
Marine Biologist Pharmacologist Waste Disposal Engineer
Marine Life Supervisor Phlebotomist Water Quality Controller
Marine Life Technician Physical Therapist Water Quality Engineer
Meat and Poultry Food Inspector Physician Watershed Manager
Medical Assistant Physician's Assistant Weed Scientist
Medical Entomologist Physiology Lab Technician Wildlife Conserv. & Mngmnt Specialist
Medical Equipment Sales Phytopathologist Zoo Assistant
Medical Illustrator Plant Biochemist Zoo Director
Medical Record Administrator Plant Breeder Zoologist
Medical Records Librarian Plant Pest Control Inspector
Medical Supply House Buyer Plant Physiology Technician
Medical Technologist Plant Propagator
Medical Writer Plant Quarantine Inspector
Microbiologist Podiatrist
Midwife Population Biologist
Mortician Population Geneticist
Museum Educational Staff Member Post Harvest Botanist
Museum Technician-Curator Poultry Scientist
Mushroom Farmer Produce Clerk
Mycologist Protozoologist
Natural Resources Manager R & D Biochemist
Natural Sciences Research Curator Radiobiologist
Nature Center Director Radiochemistry Technician
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiologic Technologist
Nurse Anesthetist Radiologist
Nursery Owner Rancher
Nutritionist Range Manager
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