Business Administration—Operations Management Concentration

Western's Business Administration programs explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.

Operations Management determines what equipment, labor, tools, facilities, materials, energy, and information are required, how these can best be obtained, and how they are used to satisfy the requirements of the market place. Operations managers are concerned with each step in providing a service or product — from acquisition of the raw materials and component parts to delivery to the customer. Operations managers are also responsible for critical activities such as quality management and control, capacity planning, materials management, purchasing, and scheduling.

The Operations Management program and Decision Sciences Department are part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. 

Students can also join Western's Chapter of APICS — the Association for Operations Management. APICS provides support and supplemental education to students, hosting weekly meetings and special events open to any that would like to attend. Club activities link the students' academic education to current developments within industry. Activities include: 

  • Industry professional speakers 
  • Professional development meetings
  • Facility tours
  • Simulation exercises
  • Career skill workshops

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Department of Decision Sciences opens the door to a variety of high-tech jobs. Graduates work for firms as analysts, finding flaws and creating a more efficient and streamlined approaches for their clients. Work settings can range from deep inside a datacenter server room to a system consultant overseeing production in a foreign country. 

Recent Student Internships: 

  • ChemPoint.com 
  • Fluke
  • Superfeet

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • B/E Aerospace: Buyer 
  • Boeing Defense, Space, and Security: Procurement Agent 
  • Cascade DAFO: Digital Modifier 
  • Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle: Community Relations Manager 
  • Fluke: Production Master Scheduler and OSP Scheduler
  • ING Financial Partners: Investment Advisor Representative
  • JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.: Carrier Sales Coordinator
  • Pearl Izumi: Systems Process Administrator

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Production Supervisor 
  • Quality Control Specialist 
  • Inventory Control Specialist 
  • Administrator 
  • Operations Manager 
  • Buyer 
  • Supply Chain Consultant 
  • Logistics Manager

Department of Decision Sciences

Business Administration—Marketing Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and to develop understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

While many people think marketing is all about sales and advertising, that perception is far from what marketing encompasses. Marketing means satisfying the wants and needs of customers by building mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and customers. By creating value for customers, marketers help increase the value of organizations. Marketing tools and strategies are used in both for-profit business and non-profit organizations. 

The Marketing Concentration provides students with coursework that is intellectually stimulating and directly useful in today's marketing profession. Students study marketing as it relates to a variety of activities in: new product development, pricing strategies and implementation, various communications including traditional advertising, digital media, personal selling, distribution, management of services, and brand management.

Western’s Finance and Marketing Department is part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

"While doing my internship in Hollywood, I learned that communication and confidence are the key to success.  You are a brand and you must learn how to make yourself known.  A marketing degree definitely helps with that."

–Samantha Jones, Katalyst Films

Beyond the Classroom

Students are strongly encouraged to take as many relevant electives as possible, participate in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, find a marketing internship. These experiences provide students with valuable contacts and experiences that will be meaningful to prospective employers. 

The Student Marketing Association (SMA) is a group of students looking to develop and practice the marketing skills learned in a classroom setting. SMA hosts professional readiness workshops, speakers, mixers, and other networking opportunities.

Careers and Graduate Studies

A degree in Marketing opens doors to numerous career opportunities. Nearly every area of business is somehow related to marketing, which provides students with a well-versed set of experiences and knowledge. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Amazon: Technical Account Manager
  • Bigfin.com: Digital Marketing Assistant
  • FSR Wealth Managment: Client Services and Office Manager
  • SEO Works: Digital Analyst
  • Zillow: Marketing Account Manager
  • Windermere Real Estate: Broker
  • Allen Partners, Inc.: Marketing Coordinator and Operations Assistant 
  • Art Gamblin Motors: Digital Media Specialist 
  • Below the Boat: Marketing Director
  • K2: Web Developer and Marketing
  • Pandora Internet Radio: Marketing Coordinator
  • Razorfish: Assistant Media Planner

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Product and Brand Manager 
  • Marketing Research 
  • Advertising and Public Relation

Department of Finance and Marketing

Business Administration—Management Information Systems Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

In the Management Information Systems Concentration students learn how information technology can contribute to an organization, and how to develop and apply information technology based business solutions. The concentration teaches students to combine their understanding of business, information systems and technology to help organizations compete more successfully by streamlining current operations. 

Western’s Decision Sciences Department is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and  stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations — from small  companies to large multinational enterprises. 

 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include:  

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • Management Information Systems Association: The MISA engages and educates current and future MIS students. MISA hosts industry professionals, visits companies and tours their facilities, has a virtual mentor program, and creates group events for networking purposes.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Management Information Systems opens the door to many high-tech jobs in this fast paced field. You may work in areas as diverse as managing networks, databases, IT projects, telecommunication systems, computer security systems, or websites. Your work setting can range from deep inside a datacenter to a system consultant overseeing projects in a foreign country. 

Employers of Recent Graduates: 

  • ATG Stores: .NET Web Applications Developer
  • Boeing: IS Analyst, IT, Programmer, Information Technology, Network Architect, Functional Analyst, IT Systems Analyst, and Programmer Analyst 
  • Costco: Accounting Report Analyst
  • Expedia: Web Analyst 
  • Holland America: Database Administrator 
  • Imprev: Systems Engineer 
  • Larson Gross PLLC: IT Assistant
  • Liberty Mutual: IT Analyst 
  • Microsoft: Associate Consultant
  • Northwest Business Technology Group: Technician  
  • Peace Corp: Assistant English Teacher/Computer Operations 
  • QuickPivot: Technical Consultant
  • Safeco: Quality Assurance IT Analyst 
  • Seattle Area Pipe Trades: IT Administrator 
  • SPIE: Software Engineer
  • Suddath Relocation Systems LLC: PC Technician
  • Starbucks: Contract Specialist 
  • Teleion Consulting: Associate Analyst
  • Trans Ocean Products: Application and Report Developer 
  • Western Washington University: Project Analyst

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Systems Analyst 
  • Computer Systems Manager 
  • Software Test Analyst 
  • Administrator 
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Website Developer

 

Department of Decision Sciences

Business Administration—Management Concentration

Western's Business Administration programs explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The Management Concentration prepares students to work with people in a variety of contexts. While other business disciplines focus on tasks for business, Management focuses on how to motivate others to accomplish these tasks efficiently and effectively with high quality results. Coursework in Management enables students to develop the analytical skills necessary for effective decision-making and business policy development. Students learn how to manage projects, work with teams, implement changes, and be effective leaders. 

Western’s Management Department is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and  stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations — from small  companies to large multinational enterprises. 

In organizations today, managers provide the leadership, guidance, and motivation to achieve success. Coursework in Management enables you to develop the analytical skills necessary for effective decision-making and business policy development. In this program, you will develop your leadership abilities through a deeper understanding of social, cultural, economic, and regulatory environments as they pertain to business management.

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include: 

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • International Business Club: Build networks between peers, graduates, and business professionals involved with the international community.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

This program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with  financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries, and the public sector. Employers of recent Western graduates include: 

  • ADP Cobalt: Order Specialist 
  • A/E Aerospace: Quality Technical Aide 
  • Royal Commercial Corporation: Commercial RE Broker Marketing Manager 
  • Sherwin Williams: Assistant Manager 
  • Transmedia Press, LLC: Team Manager

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Project Management 
  • Event Planning 
  • Management Consulting 
  • Nonprofit Management 
  • Government 
  • Small Business
  • Retail Management
  • Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management

 

Business Administration—International Business Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

As globalization persists, people who can conduct international business are vital to organizations now more than ever before. The International Business Concentration provides students with the skills global companies are seeking. Often combining training in language and in other business areas, student learn to manage business relationships across borders in a variety of capacities. Here are some comments from International Business alumni.

 

“The International Business program at Western engages and challenges its students to analyze and resolve real business problems that are relevant in today's globalized economy.”

–Sebastian Kohlmeier, International Business Alumni, WWU Presidential Scholar, Amazon and Microsoft Work Experience

 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for managers with real world experience, which is why Western Washington University International Business students are encouraged to find experience outside the classroom that push them to expand and get experience in using their knowledge.

  • International Business Operations Projects Class — Seniors in the international business program can elect to take IBUS 473, International Trade Operations. This class allows groups of three students to work with local firms to research international opportunities. This successful class has completed more than 100 projects for local firms.
  • Study Abroad — Students in the international business program are strongly encouraged to study abroad. When possible, they should consider "direct exchanges," programs that let them study as a regular student at our university partners. This usually makes for a more meaningful learning experience and is substantially cheaper than other alternative ways to go abroad. Contact Dan.Lindeman@wwu.edu in the International Programs and Exchanges office for more information.
  • Internships — Internships with international content are sometimes available, and the International Business faculty alerts all students to these opportunities, leads often supplied by our alumni. Students are encouraged to use their own contacts and connections to find additional internship opportunities.

Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include: 

 

It took 10 years after I graduated with my International Business degree to finally make the move to an international company! During that time, I never lost sight of the goal to work and live internationally. I traveled (personally and professionally), learned languages, talked to people about my goal, made contacts and eventually it came together. Now I rely on the learnings from the International Business program, from managing relationships to competitive positioning, in my work every day. The program was a great foundation for my career in that it propelled me forward in positions within the US that allowed me to target opportunities for working abroad.

Allison Bilas (2003) Senior Manager Game Analytics, Movie Star Planet, Copenhagen Denmark

Careers and Graduate Studies

The International Business program is designed to provide graduates the ability to combine principles from their business training to handle complex problems that are faced in the international and domestic business environment.  This prepares our graduates for a variety of career paths. The most common jobs require students to manage the relationships between firms and organizations. This can include supply systems, trade flows and logistics, and marketing for foreign markets. The same skill set can be used in a variety of domestic markets as well. Our students can find domestic jobs with financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries and the public sector. Graduates have access to an alumni network of more than 700 graduates, almost half of whom are linked to us via LINKEDIN groups that provide a network for job search.

The following list gives some examples of jobs held by our graduates.  For more, visit the International Business home page.

  • Boeing: Business Operations Manager in Spain, Procurement Agent and 787 Process Analyst
  • Amazon: Global Talent Search, Amazon Marketplace Relationship Manager and Senior Manager Kindle
  • Expeditors: Import Transportation Agent and Corporate Strategy Manager
  • Microsoft: Sales Excellence Program Manager
  • Tecplot: Strategic Alliance Manager
  • Starbucks: Coffee Supply Relationship Manager
  • Nintendo: Purchasing Manager
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance: Senior Business Analyst
  • Europa Foods Specialty Grocery: Owner
  • Brunswick Europe: Senior Marketing Manager
  • PACCAR: Business Development Project Manager
  • Expedia: SEO Specialist for Latin America

 

The new job in Brazil is challenging and interesting, although the current Brazil economic crisis hasn't made anything easy. I am working for a film production company that makes institutional and promotional videos for the corporate sector in Brazil. I work in business development. The international business program and its professors provided me the opportunities, training and inspiration to study and work in Latin America while learning two new languages in the process.

Brandon Behl (2013), San Paulo Brazil

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Import/Export Management 
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management of International Relationships in Business
  • International Marketing
  • International Non-Profit 
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Analysis of International Competitiveness

Department of Management - International Business Program

Business Administration—General Business

The Business Administration-General Concentration is currently available to students at our Poulsbo campus and by permission only on Western's main campus.  For consideration on the Bellingham campus students can contact the Department of Management for details and will be required to have a completed Plan of Study listing preferred program elective courses.  Due to limited resources and capacity issues not all major restricted CBE courses will be available for Business Administration-General students.

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The General Business Concentration allows students to customize their business courses to suit their own business education goals. Rather than concentrating in a specific business discipline such as Finance or Marketing, students may choose to create their own General Business Concentration with the help of faculty advisors. 

Western’s Department of Management is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and  stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations — from small  companies to large multinational enterprises. 

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include:

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • International Business Club: Build networks between peers, graduates, and business professionals involved with the international community.

Careers and Graduate Studies

This program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with  financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries, and the public sector. Employers of recent Western graduates include: 

  • Amazon: Area Manager and Merchant Debt Recovery Investigator
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Management Trainee 
  • L’Oreal: Coordinator for Clarisonic International Business Development 
  • Travelex: Assistant Sales Manager 
  • Microsoft: Event Coordinator
  • REI: Customer Service Specialists

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Project Management 
  • Event Planning 
  • Management Consulting 
  • Nonprofit Management 
  • Government 
  • Small Business

Business Administration—Finance Concentration

Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary  to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

The field of finance encompasses many different areas including investments, financial institutions, corporate finance, and real estate. The Finance Concentration includes coursework in each of these areas as well as courses in options and futures, multi-national finance and insurance. Managing finances requires you to answer intricate questions like: Can we afford to give employees a raise? Is it better to rent or buy office space? How should we finance our business? Typically, a student who pursues a concentration in finance is good with math, money, inherently a problem solver, and well organized.

The Department of Finance and Marketing is part of the College of Business and Economics.

 

"The internship programs at Western are a great way to get a heads up on the competition after graduation and I would recommend them to any student who is serious about pursuing a certain career path."

–John Peters, Merrill Lynch & Saturna Capital

Beyond the Classroom

Student internships or apprenticeships in finance are excellent for gaining practical experience in a professional, finance-related work setting. Internships help students apply the skills learned in class to real-life situations and give students valuable professional experience and mentoring. 

The Financial Management Association (FMA) assists in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in financial management, banking, real estate and investment management. It provides an association for college students actively interested in these fields, and encourages interaction between business executives, faculty, and students interested in finance, economics, and accounting. FMA events include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Investment management experience 
  • Resume building
  • Career information and internships
  • Networking with potential employers
  • Club outings
  • Affiliation with the nationally-recognized  FMA International
  • FMA website (jobs, conferences,  finance certifications, and forecast competitions)
  • Membership in the FMA National Honor Society 

Careers and Graduate Studies

A graduate with a concentration in Finance may work as a financial securities or loan officer analyst, business financial manager, portfolio manager, financial planner, or stockbroker. 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates: 

  • Bank of New York Mellon: Senior Performance Analyst
  • Martin Nelson and Company, Inc.: Investment Advisor
  • Molina Healthcare: Healthcare Analyst
  • City of Seward: Accounting Tech
  • Adobe Systems: Tester 
  • Bank of America: Teller 
  • Bentall Kennedy: Property Assistant 
  • Chrono Wealth Capital: Financial Analyst 
  • Curnow and Curnow: Administrative Assistant 
  • Golin Harris: Billing Coordinator/Financial Administrator 
  • KeyBank: Management Associate 
  • Mutual of Omaha: Financial Services Representative 
  • Seattle Mariners Baseball Club: Finance Intern 
  • WA State Auditor’s Office: Assistant State Auditor 
  • WA State Department of Financial Institutions: Financial Examiner 
  • WA State Department of Revenue 
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: Home Mortgage Consultant

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Mutual Fund Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Planner
  • Claims Adjuster/Examiner
  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Appraiser
  • Loan Officer
  • Business Financial Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Stock Broker

Department of Finance and Marketing

Biology—Secondary Teaching Emphasis

The Biology with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis allows students to become secondary school teachers, while giving them the flexibility to pursue any other career in biology or continue to post-baccalaureate studies.

A broad Biology curriculum for this major prepares students for a teaching endorsement in biology. It provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education by also including courses in math, physics, and chemistry. The requirements for this major include laboratory courses in genetics, molecular and organismal biology, as well as a course that examines the relationship between science and society.

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

To receive a recommendation for a state of Washington certification, students must complete a professional preparation program in secondary education. A Biology endorsement with a teaching certification will require being admitted to Woodring College of Education.

 

 “It’s hard to say what I love most about the biology department. The classes are interesting, the professors are approachable, and it’s really easy to get involved with research.”  

–Julie Maurer, Student

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 develop their own extracurricular experience through an independent study option. Additionally, some upper level labs follow a project-based curriculum that resembles research experiences.  

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Biology with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis program provides students with the skills to enter both the science and teaching fields. Many students go on to teach in secondary education programs, others graduate with goals of continued science or teaching education, and some find work within the scientific community. Western’s tandem department team (Biology and Woodring), prepares students with a foundation for success.

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Biology Teacher

Biology—Molecular and Cell Emphasis

The Biology — Molecular and Cell Emphasis major is part of an interdisciplinary program between the Biology and Chemistry departments. Cell biology is the study of cells at the biochemical or molecular level. Molecular Biology investigates the interactions among DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis to understand how these interactions are regulated using the tools and principles of genetics and bioinformatics — it is among the most rapidly growing fields, and is making strides with recent accomplishments such as the sequencing of the entire human genome.

The B.S. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology places emphasis on the molecular biology and biochemistry that control cell functions. Students take courses in math, physics, and chemistry, along with the core biology curriculum. Once in 400-level biochemistry and molecular biology courses, students get to pursue their specific interests. 

The integrated conceptual foundation in biology, the critical thinking skills, quantitative problem-solving abilities, leadership with team-building skills, and scientific research skills that students obtain from lecture and laboratory courses in Western’s Molecular and Cell Biology curriculum are ultimately critical for post-baccalaureate studies and for future job performance. 

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

Richie Jimenez, Student

“I chose to major in Molecular and Cellular Biology because I am fascinated with the molecular processes that control our very existence. My academic experience at Western has prepared me for my future by teaching me to think critically and has provided hands on experience and practical applications of the many theories involved with my major.”

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 have opportunities to develop their own extracurricular experience through the independent study option. Additionally, some upper level labs follow a project-based curriculum that resemble research experiences. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students in the Biology — Molecular and Cell Emphasis program often begin their post-baccalaureate jobs at medical centers such as MultiCare, PeaceHealth, or TOKU-E (manufacturer of antimicrobials for life science research) or continue their education with graduate studies. 

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

  • Biomedical  Research 
  • Pharmaceutical  Research 
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Physiology 
  • Forensic Scientist 
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geneticist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Educator

 

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. 

A highlight for most students in this emphasis is the opportunity to enroll in courses taught at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center, in Anacortes, WA (about an hour from Bellingham). These all-day courses give students the opportunity to delve deeply into marine ecology and algal diversity, and include boat-based research and trips to nearby islands.

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. 

 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

 

Sample Careers

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

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