Declare a Biology Pre-Major

What is a biology pre-major?

The biology pre-major exists to allow students to formally indicate their plan to complete a biology major while they work towards finishing the requirements necessary to apply for admission to full major status. Pre-majors are eligible to apply for biology major status immediately after completion of CHEM 161 or 175, 162 or 176, BIOL 204 and BIOL 205.

When can you declare a pre-major?

Students who have been formally admitted into Western may declare a biology pre-major at any time by visiting the Biology Department Office in BI 315 and submitting a blue major declaration card.

You can also fill out the Major Declaration Esign form listed hereOn this form, you must indicate your desired emphasis (e.g., marine biology) within the “Student Comments” section. If you are unsure what emphasis to select, you should reach out to your faculty advisor or biology advising for assistance. On this form, you must indicate your desired emphasis (e.g., marine biology) within the “Student Comments” section. If you are unsure what emphasis to select, you should reach out to your faculty advisor or biology advising for assistance. Under the Signatures and Attachments section, route the form to BiologyAdvising@wwu.edu in the “Email to” box. Once you click submit, the form will be sent to our Biology Advisors for approval. 

There are no prerequisites to declare a Biology pre-major. Pre-majors will be assigned to a faculty advisor in the area of interest they have indicated on the card (e.g., marine biology) and should expect to be notified regularly via email regarding opportunities for general advising, course registration information, application deadlines, and scholarships.

Students may also elect to subscribe to a separate departmental listserv intended to share information on special events, guest speakers and employment opportunities. Students can add themselves to the Outlook group by looking up "Biology Events" in the WWU global address book, or by clicking here and logging in with their WWU email address.

Pre-majors are strongly encouraged to connect with the general advisors in the biology department or with their faculty advisor on a regular basis in an effort to stay on track towards their degree requirements.