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Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Climb higher with a degree from the WKU Department of Biology.

Biology is the scientific study of life. The Department of Biology at WKU is dedicated to producing well-informed, scientifically literate graduates capable of applying the knowledge and skills acquired to ensure professional success and lifelong learning. Because of recent advances in technology related to the biological sciences, students interested in Biology are presented with many exciting educational experiences. Modern biology, involving the diverse biological subdisciplines from molecules to ecosystems, provides students with an ever-increasing array of educational and research opportunities.


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Find Your Program
in the Department of Biology

For our majors, exploration begins with an introductory sequence and leads to specialty courses, internships, and research opportunities. 




Our graduate program offers thesis and non-thesis options for the Master of Science degree as well as a 15-credit Graduate Certificate.


The Department of Biology at WKU strives to provide students with the resources needed to be successful in their undergraduate programs, graduate programs, medical schools, and ultimately their professional careers. Each of our faculty members have active research programs, and many are able to incorporate undergraduate students into their research. To learn more about the Applied Research & Technology Program (ARTP), please visit the ARTP website.

Research Opportunities

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

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Dr. Jarrett Johnson
Faculty Mentoring Award
"He helps students make practical decisions for themselves by providing guidance when it comes to advancing the research project. He demonstrates patience and he values integrity of the research process over making quick progress or producing results."

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Elise Demers
Spring 2022 Graduate
Elise graduated in spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. In fall of 2022, she began the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. 

Our departmental goals are firmly rooted in teaching excellence with the integration of experiential learning through laboratory and field based research in our curricula. 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.

Dr. Michael E. Smith


Biology Department ScholarshipsWKU Scholarships & Financial Aid

Best Online Master's Best Value Schools Biology Badge
#1 Best Online Master's Degree in Biology
Best Value Schools

Best Online Master's Best Masters Degrees Biology Badge
#2 Best Online Master's Degree in Biology
Online Masters Degree


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Graduate Students
Fall 2023

Meet Our Current Graduate Students Doing Remarkable Things in Biology at WKU!

  • Phone: (270) 745-3696

    Fax: (270) 745-6856

  • biology@wku.edu
  • 1906 College Heights Blvd, #11080

    Bowling Green, KY 42101-1080




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 Last Modified 8/30/23