About Us

Biology encompasses the scientific study of life. Our courses cover the structure and function of organisms 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.

Student Highlights


In addition to the facilities listed below, we have an ongoing Prairie Restoration Project, a state-of-the-art vivarium, a cadaver lab and functioning campus beehives.

Turnbull Lab

Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies (TLES) is an ecological field station and research/educational facility located on the 15,500-acre Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in the surrounding channeled scablands. Established in 1976, it works as a cooperative effort between Eastern Washington University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Its goal is to further our understanding of the biological processes shaping populations, ecological communities, and ecosystems of the Inland Northwest.

For more information, contact Camille McNeely at, Ross Black at, or Krisztian Magori at


The Department of Biology has two greenhouses:

  • The Teaching Greenhouse consists of two glass rooms plus a large head house. It is used for student courses and houses a demonstration greenhouse plant collection.
  • The Research Greenhouse is a large, climate-controlled facility used for faculty and student research.

Aquarium Rooms

The Department of Biology has two modern aquarium rooms used for both faculty and student research:

  • One room contains six living streams and several marine tanks.
  • The other room, which can be photo-periodically regulated, has eight 300-gallon flow-through tanks with state-of-the-art temperature control.

Biotech Lab

In this well-equipped laboratory, students learn hybridoma and monoclonal antibody methods and basic recombinant DNA procedures. Students also learn the basics in theory and practice of running fermentors and cell reactors. With the experience gained in the lab, our graduates are in demand at research laboratories and receive job offers.

Careers in Biology

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


Environmental Quality

Health Sciences

Laboratory Technicians

Resource Management


News & Events

EWU Symposium

Biology Poster and Oral Sessions Schedule
Wednesday May 10th, 2023

Biology Symposium Sessions 2023

Biology Seminars/Thesis Defenses

Department of Biology Thesis Defense Flyers

Thurman Johnson Thesis Defense Flyers

Collin Hendricks Thesis Defense Flyer