Biology

About Us


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

A degree in biology is the first step into finding a career in one of the 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.

Why Study Biology at Eastern?

We are committed to excellence and student success.


Research Opportunities

Work with our excellent faculty to conduct important and meaningful research.

Hands-On Experience

Get your hands dirty in one of our labs as you study biology.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

Facilities

Careers in Biology

Earning a degree, minor, or endorsement in biology from Eastern Washington University leads to many career opportunities:


Biotechnology
Environmental Quality
Health Sciences
Laboratory Technicians
Resource Management
Education

News & Events


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Biology


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Lexi Anderson

Biology


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Raymond Ostlie

Biology


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Undergraduate Scholarships


Amount: Varies

Qualifications

  • Declared biology major during academic year of award with demonstrated financial need.

Requirements

  • Submit an essay that addresses involvement with:
    • Biology Department (research, TA, clubs, etc.)
    • University (clubs, activities) Community (volunteering, applicable groups) Special Accomplishments Awards, Activities
    • Financial Need
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing your scholarship merit (be sure contact information is included).

Amount: Varies

Qualifications

  • Current EWU undergraduate who has completed at least one year of college and will be enrolled at EWU the following school year.

Requirements

  • Submit an essay that addresses involvement with:
    • Biology Department (research, TA, clubs, etc.)
    • University (clubs, activities)
    • Community (volunteering, applicable groups)
    • Special Accomplishments, Awards, Activities.
  • Include letters of recommendation from two EWU Biology faculty members addressing your scholarship merit.

Amount: Varies ($1,000-$2,800)

Qualifications

  • Junior or senior Environmental Studies major during the academic year of the award (or strong career orientation toward environment/conservation)
  • Selection based on a combination of scholarship, merit, and financial need

Requirements

  • Submit a letter stating:
  • Professional goals,
  • Why you feel qualified for this scholarship
  • Any other relevant information (department, university, and community activities).
  • The recipient may also be required to volunteer five hours per quarter at the EWU Recycling Center during the year of the award.

Amount: Varies up to $2,800

Qualifications

  • Full-time EWU Biotechnology major or related area during the academic year of the award.
  • Selection based on academic accomplishment, financial need, and laboratory research experience.

Requirements

  • Submit a letter describing your qualifications for this scholarship.
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing your merit for the scholarship (be sure contact information is included).

Amount: Varies up to $3,000

Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior Medical Technology major during the academic year of the award.
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA

Requirements

  • Submit an essay:
    • Identifying the field of biology that most interests you and why
    • Highlighting your involvement in laboratory biology
    • Outlining any special accomplishments/activities you would like considered
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing your merit for scholarship; one letter must be from a faculty member from the EWU Department of Biology (be sure contact information is included).

Amount: $2,500

Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior standing during the academic year of the award
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Biology or Environmental Science major with an emphasis on wildlife
  • Must be a hunter

Requirements

  • Submit an essay stating:
    • Professional plans and aspirations
    • Accomplishments
    • Hunting experience
    • Why you feel qualified for this scholarship
    • Any other pertinent information
  • Include one professional letter of reference (be sure contact information is included).
  • The awardee is expected to attend the annual banquet.

Amount: $3,000 stipend for summer work plus $500 in research support and $500 for travel to present research

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate majoring in Biology or Environmental Science with Biology emphasis.

Requirements

The EWU Biology Department considers undergraduate scholarship awards a valuable and necessary service provided for our students. We are proud to award several department scholarships to biology majors. The deadline for applying for EWU and Biology Department scholarships is January 31, 2020. To be considered for department awards you will be asked to complete additional information on the Online Scholarship Application.

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Graduate Scholarships & Fellowships


Amount: Varies up to $8,100

Qualifications

  • Biology graduate student who has been admitted to Graduate Program or has been recommended for admittance to Graduate Program
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

Requirements

  • By February 20th, apply to the EWU Graduate Program in Biology and check the graduate fellowship box on the application. Students receiving graduate fellowships are expected to work 20 hours per week while carrying at least 10 credits. Teaching is often required, but research or other activities may be substituted at the department’s discretion.

Amount: Varies up to $750 per quarter

Qualifications

  • EWU graduate student conducting thesis research

Requirements

  • By the 2nd Friday of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters (or other identified deadline), submit to the Biology Indirect Cost Committee Chair (SCI 258) a proposal identifying specific objectives, significance, procedures/rationale, budget justification, other financial support, and literature cited.
  • The proposal should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages (not including the list of citations) and must be signed by a faculty advisor.
  • View the Proposal Guidelines for specific criteria to include in your proposal.

Amount: Varies up to $3,000

Qualifications

  • EWU Biology graduate conducting biotechnology-related research
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Selection based on financial need and research experience

Requirements

  • Submit a letter describing your qualifications for this scholarship.
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing your merit for the scholarship (be sure contact information is included).

Amount: Varies up to $2,000

Qualifications

  • Student admitted to Biology Graduate Program who will attend classes full-time during the award year
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Award is presented to biotechnology-related students in even academic years and general biology in odd academic years

Requirements

  • Submit an essay addressing:
    • Lab, field, or biology-related research/experience
    • Professional goals
    • Thesis project description
    • How the scholarship will assist in thesis research/achieving goals
    • Outline progress toward graduation
    • Any other pertinent information.
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing merit (be sure contact information is included).

Amount: Varies up to $3,000

Qualifications

  • Student admitted to Biology Graduate Program who will attend classes full-time during the award year
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Award is presented to biotechnology-related students in odd academic years and general biology in even academic years

Requirements

  • Submit an essay addressing:
    • Lab, field, or biology-related research/experience
    • Professional goals
    • Thesis project description
    • How the scholarship will assist in thesis research/achieving goals
    • Outline progress toward graduation
    • Any other pertinent information.
  • Include two letters of recommendation from persons addressing merit (be sure contact information is included).

The EWU Biology Department considers Graduate Scholarship Awards a vital and necessary service to provide for our students. We are proud to offer the following awards for students who have been accepted into our Master’s Program. The deadline for applying for EWU and Biology Department scholarships is January 31, 2020. To be considered for department awards you will be asked to complete additional information on the Online Scholarship Application.

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