Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Biology—General Emphasis, BS
What is the study of Biology—General Emphasis?
Biology is the study of living things, an academic endeavor with a basic research focus on seeking answers to questions rather than on applying biological knowledge to solve problems. As scientists, biologists have two prime motivations: (1) intellectual curiosity about biological systems, and (2) the philosophy that creating and disseminating reliable knowledge has intrinsic worth. Thus, we intend for our intensive academic program to stimulate our students’ curiosity and appetite for life-long learning about biology.
The biology curriculum provides an effective combination of knowledge in areas that students can apply to many careers. The supporting courses for the Biology major in math, physics, and chemistry, along with the biology core curriculum at the 200-level and 300-level, plus one 400-level course in evolution, fulfill the goals of a liberal arts education. In 400-level courses students not only pursue interests more specifically, but begin to integrate and apply knowledge, and develop the skills and abilities to pursue careers of their choosing.
Hence, the integrated conceptual foundation in biology, the critical thinking skills, quantitative problem-solving abilities, leadership with team-building skills, and scientific research skills students obtain from lecture and laboratory courses in the B.S. Biology curriculum ultimately are critical for post-baccalaureate studies and future job performance. We expect that students who graduate with a B.S. or B.A. in Biology can apply their education to a variety of jobs across careers.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
This degree program allows students to develop an upper-division curriculum tailored to meet their educational needs with the help of their faculty advisor. A diploma granted under this major will indicate “Bachelor of Science”; official transcripts will indicate Biology – General Emphasis.
“The experience at Western is special because of the opportunities for students to actively participate in hands-on, inquiry-based research under the close supervision of a faculty advisor.”
- Lynn Pillitteri, Faculty
“Western Washington’s Biology Department has provided me with a wide variety of interesting classes, and allowed me to do research with Professor Brodhagen as she works to provide farmers with a completely compostable gardening plastic.”
- Margaret Lind, Student
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