The faculty in the College of Science and Engineering has established a fund to provide support for Black students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Black people face unique and systemic barriers to succeeding in STEM, contributing to historical and ongoing underrepresentation in undergraduate and graduate STEM programs, and in STEM careers. The impetus for the fund is the 2020 protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Through this scholarship we can, together, make an impact on the educational goals of Black students at WWU for generations to come.

Our initial goal is to raise $25,000 to establish an endowment fund that will support the scholastic and research aspirations of Black undergraduate and graduate students. Please join us in making a lasting impact for our students. Together we can make a difference.

The donation page can be found here

Fall 2020 Announcements:

"In light of the uncertainties about the status of the pandemic in Fall, the seriousness of COVID-19, and our desire to prepare quality courses that we can be assured of being able to deliver in Fall quarter, we have made the difficult decision that all formal BIOL courses will be online in Fall 2020..."

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Are you an incoming new student for fall 2020? Please take a few moments to review this page for important details and resources regarding orientation, registration, major declaration and more. 

For more information on course access and registration for fall 2020, go to the Course Access Sheet.

The Biology Department encompasses areas ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology. This breadth is reflected in our curriculum and in faculty and student research. Our joint mission of teaching and research strongly complement each other and provide students with an educational experience of very high quality.

In support of the mission of Western Washington University and the College of Sciences and Engineering, the mission of the Biology Department is to provide an outstanding learning environment that integrates education, scholarship, and service in order to actively engage students in the biological sciences and foster their development as lifelong learners.

The Biology Department office is currently working remotely and are available to answer your questions via phone and email.  Please call 360.650.6165 or send an email to biologyadvising@wwu.edu. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

For questions on grading, advising, or advancement into phase II of the major, please refer to our FAQ.

poster of dan pollard's seminar - title: Genetic & molecular mechanisms of natural variation in protein expression. From 4-5 PM on Wednesday, September 23rd. Email riemanh@wwu,edu for the Zoom Link.

Dan Pollard Seminar - Wednesday (9/23) from 4-5 PM via Zoom

ResearchGate: Recent Publications