Biology Undergraduate Degrees and Requirements
There are four majors offered within the Biology Department at WKU. However, within these majors, 15 concentrations and certificates are available.
Biology with or without a minor
Biochemistry - Interested students should contact Dr. M. Smith, Department of Biology. For more information, see page 195 of the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of courses.
Medical Laboratory Science - Interested students should contact Dr. K. McDaniel, Department of Biology. For more information, see page 197 of the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of courses.
NEW!!! Molecular Biotechnology - Interested students should contact Dr. A. Srivastava. There is additional information on the website here and you can contact an advisor directly to request more information by emailing email@example.com
Middle Grades Science
Other Pre-Professional tracks:
Minor in Biology
Reference Number: 326
Minimum Hours for Minor: 24
The minor in biology requires a minimum of 24 semester hours in biology with 12 hours at the 300 or higher level. The required courses are BIOL 120-121 and BIOL 122-123. Students, with the aid of their advisor, select additional biology courses to complete the minor. Students may count up to 3 credit hours of a combination of BIOL 369 and 399 and up to 4 credit hours of BIOL 485 toward this minor.
Food Science Certificate
Reference Number: 1724
Minimum Hours for Minor: 12
The certificate in Food Science is designed for a student seeking a career in the food industry. The certificate requires 12 semester hours with 6 hours required as BIOL 336 and CHEM 307 and 6 hours of elective courses from the following list of courses: AGEC 360, 468, AGRI 101, 315, 493, AGRO 110, 311, 320, AMS 301, 303, 352, 395, ANSC 140, 141, 340, BIOL 470, HMD 151, 152, 211, 251, or a course approved by an advisor.
Secondary Teaching Certification in Biology
Students who wish to be certified to teach high school biology must complete both
the major in Biology (reference number 525 or 617) and the major in Science and Mathematics
Education (reference number 774), offered in the School of Teacher Education. Interested
students should contact the SKyTeach Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle Grades Science Certification
Students who wish to teach middle school science must complete both the major in Middle
School Science Education (reference number 734), offered by Ogden College and SKyTeach, and the major in Science and Mathematics Education (reference number 774), offered
in the School of Teacher Education. Interested students should contact the SKyTeach
Office via email at email@example.com.
Other Department Programs
Several other biologically oriented, specialized programs are available such as biophysics
and environmental science, as well as several pre-professional programs. Specific
details of these programs are listed under Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary
A Five–Year Plan
For highly motivated students, especially those planning to pursue graduate study,
the department offers a five-year program leading to both B.S. and M.S. degrees in
biology. Typically, students will also participate in the University Honors Program
as undergraduates. Completion of the M.S. portion of the program requires enrollment
in summer terms during the fourth and fifth years. A key component of this program
is early and sustained involvement in undergraduate research, beginning in the sophomore
year. As such, interested students must work closely with their undergraduate advisor
early in their freshman year to design their five-year plan and identify a faculty
mentor and area of research.