Biology is the study of living things and encompasses areas ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology. This breadth is reflected in Western's curriculum and in faculty and student research. The Biology with a General Emphasis program allows students to develop an upper-division curriculum tailored to meet their educational needs with the help of their faculty advisor.
Western’s biology department employs a high concentration of faculty who are actively engaged in both teaching and research. Students in the Biology Department receive quality instruction from experts in the field who are committed to the education of the next generation. Modest class sizes enable faculty to facilitate small group discussions and student-centered learning activities in class. All upper level labs are taught by the faculty themselves, not graduate students.
Western’s Biology program stands on an integrated conceptual foundation in biology, critical thinking skills, quantitative problem-solving abilities, leadership with team-building skills, and scientific research skills students obtain from lecture and laboratory courses. Students who graduate with a B.S. in Biology with a General Emphasis can apply their education to a variety of jobs across careers.
Western’s Biology Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering.