Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Biology—Cell Emphasis, BS
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What Is the Study of Biology?
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 B.S Biology – Cell Emphasis degree is a well-rounded biology degree augmented by in-depth courses on cell and molecular biology. The curriculum provides an effective combination of knowledge in areas that students can apply to many careers. Supporting courses in math, physics, and chemistry, along with the core biology curriculum at the 200-level and 300-levels fulfill the goals of a liberal arts education. Students select 300-level and 400-level specialty courses that focus on cellular and subcellular processes. In these courses students not only pursue their 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?
Cell biology is the study of the structure of cells, the organelles they contain, physiological functions, life cycle, division and death, often studied at the biochemical or molecular level. This degree provides students with a solid foundation in all of the major sub-disciplines of biology with emphasis on the biology of cells. A diploma under this major will indicate “Bachelors of Science”; official transcripts will indicate Biology – Cell Emphasis.
“The Biology department is an excellent place to learn modern ideas and sciences with the help of an intelligent, passionate group of instructors.”
- Patrick Maloney, Student
“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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