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Biology Undergraduate Overview

bio studentBecause of recent advances in technology related to the biological sciences, students interested in biology are presented with an ever-increasing array of educational opportunities. These opportunities, involving the diverse biological subdisciplines from molecules to ecosystems, provide the student of biology one of the most exciting and challenging eras in human history. The Department of Biology is dedicated to producing well-informed, scientifically literate graduates capable of applying the knowledge and skills acquired to ensure professional success and lifelong learning.

The faculty take pride in the success of undergraduate student engagement in research. By applying what students have learned in the classroom to research projects, students can more smoothly make the transition to professional and graduate programs and the work force. Our novel Biotechnology Certification program is designed to provide students with technical skills for research. New state-of-the-art research laboratories and the recently acquired Potter-Nicely Outdoor Education Center and Upper Green River Biological Preserve provide outstanding settings for student research. The Biology Department is also proud to house the Biotechnology Center and Center for Biodiversity Studies. Both centers are integral components of the Applied Research and Technology Program, a state-funded program of distinction.

When planning a program of study in the Department of Biology each student must be aware of the University‘s academic requirements and regulations contained in this catalog in the section, “Academic Information.” Specific attention should be given to the subsections entitled (a) Academic Programs, (b) Colonnade Plan , and (c) Academic Requirements and Regulations. Students should be aware that some academic programs may require additional scholastic regulations and standards not specified in the catalog. To obtain a copy of these regulations, students should contact the Biology Office.


Become a Biology Ambassador

Biology Ambassadors are an elite group of students who represent the Biology Department and assist with recruitment, retention and advising activities.  An Ambassador’s job is to help prospective students and other visitors understand that WKU is truly an exceptional place and that the Biology Department is ready to help them reach their educational and career goals.  Apply to become a Biology Ambassador


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 Last Modified 4/26/20