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WKU Biology Lab ResearchWelcome to the Department of Biology at Western Kentucky University!

 The opportunities in the Biology Department truly embody the core mission of WKU as “a student-centered, applied research university, which is to inspire innovation, elevate communities and transform lives” in the words of WKU President Timothy Caboni. Our departmental goals are firmly rooted in teaching excellence with the integration of experiential learning through laboratory and field based research in our curricula. Furthermore, our teaching and research extend from our campus laboratories, to our local field sites including the 1300 acre Upper Green River Biological Preserve, all the way to the Caribbean, China, and Africa. From studies on microbes to megafauna, and genes to ecosystems, undergraduate and graduate students play an active role in the advancement of knowledge taking place in the Department of Biology at WKU.

For our majors, exploration begins with an introductory sequence and leads to specialty courses, internships, and research opportunities. Many students from the University Honors College major in biology because of the high quality education and the numerous enticing career prospects.

Our graduate program offers thesis and non-thesis options for the Master of Science degree as well as a 15-credit Graduate Certificate. Undergraduates go on to medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional programs, graduate school, or directly enter the workforce. Graduate students continue for their Ph.D. or other professional degrees, or find employment in industry, NGOs, or governmental agencies. We have become a gateway for pre-professional students to reach their aspiration in fields such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, and physical therapy. Our department has a diverse array of faculty to satisfy the needs of a wide range of student interests; we provide a friendly, personal touch to the intellectual growth of our undergraduate and graduate students.

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Michael Smith PhD
Department Chair


Vision Statement

The Department of Biology at WKU strives to create a dynamic, experiential learning environment, and to be a destination department for competitive undergraduate and graduate students, involving them in the process of science and preparing them for success in a global society.

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