Biology—Marine Emphasis

Near the shores of the Salish Sea, Western is in an ideal location for undergraduates studying marine sciences. The Biology – Marine Emphasis major provides a thorough introduction to the basic areas of biology and supporting sciences while allowing specialization in marine biology. Students explore the structure and function of marine organisms and their relationship with the environment. 

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. 

Western’s Biology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.

 

Beyond the Classroom

The Biology program provides a wide variety of opportunities for applied practice of knowledge and skills gained in lectures and labs. Undergraduates are encouraged to engage in research alongside faculty, serve as teaching assistants for biology courses, join the Biology club, and/or develop their own extracurricular experience through the independent study option. Additionally, some upper level labs follow a project-based curriculum that resembles research experiences.   

The Biology Department works with Academic and Career Development Services (ACDS) to promote internships for external organizations to students and alumni. Students studying marine sciences can also gain invaluable research and internship experience at Western's coastal research center, the Shannon Point Marine Center.

Jamie Latham
Student

"I have had countless hours of lab-oriented experiences in the bio department. I know how to use a Scanning Electron Microscope, a variety of ecological probes, I do my own research that I design, and I help my professors with their research." 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students who graduate with a B.S. or B.A. in Biology can apply their education to a variety of careers. Western’s Biology – Marine Emphasis graduates have taken on post-baccalaureate research jobs such as: data research clerk, algae researcher, and port/ocean sampler. 

Sample Careers

  • Marine Scientist 
  • Fisheries Biologist 
  • Ecologist 
  • Conservation Biologist 
  • Naturalist 
  • Laboratory Technician 
  • Educator

Biology—Marine Emphasis, BS

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