The Biology Department

Boletus mushrooms with the Biology Building in the background.

Incoming Students 2023-2024

Are you an incoming WWU student for 2023-2024? Check out the Incoming Biology Students page to learn how to declare a Biology Major, the application process, and other helpful advising tips.

Insect Collection Open House

WWU Insect Collection Open House is Saturday, December 2 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. See more information here: Insect Collection Open House | Biology Department | Western Washington University (wwu.edu)

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 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.

To donate, go to the WWU Foundation page.

The Biology Department Fall 2023 Main Office (BI315) Hours: 

  • Monday-Friday 9:00 - Noon  and 1:00 - 4:00

We are available to answer your questions via phone and email: 

  • Monday - Friday 8:00  - 5:00 

Biology Main Line -  360.650.3627 or email biology@wwu.edu 

Biology Staff Advisors - 360.650.6165 or email biologyadvising@wwu.edu

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Biology News Spotlight

Biology Hosts Student Groups During Compass 2 Campus Tour Day

Two fifth grade students sit at a lab table, drawing on a whiteboard with markers in hand.

Compass 2 Campus (C2C), a mentoring program at Western, held its annual Tour Day on October 24. Tour Day is a kickoff event that brings over 1,000 fifth graders to experience classrooms and activities on Western’s campus. This year, the Biology department hosted three student experiences.

Biology alums help keep Highline College’s MaST Aquarium afloat

Three people stand on opposite of aquarium tank looking through the water and glass smiling at the camera.

Three Western Washington University alumni have turned their passion for the ocean and its creatures into careers with the MaST Center Aquarium located at Highline College.

All The Buzz: WWU students researching regional bumble bee populations

Bee rests on human hand

Twice a month from March through September, WWU graduate student Annie Jolliff and a handful of other students and volunteers met in the lobby of the Biology Building for a bumble bee hunt.

Photo by Annie Jolliff

Biology Department Research and Publications