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    Welcome to the Department of Biology's homepage. We hope that you will find the information you need at this website, and that you feel free to contact us for further information. Please visit us in person as well. Our department strives to create a community of learners with faculty and students interacting in the classrooms and lab/field classes, as well as through a variety of research opportunities. 

    A degree in biology is the first step into finding a career in one of hundreds of growing fields in health sciences, biotechnology and environmental sciences; in government agencies concerned with resource management, environmental quality and medical research; and in educational institutions as teachers and laboratory technicians. Learn about the various opportunities that EWU's Biology Department provides, by clicking on one of the links to side.

    Degree Options

    What are the degree options?

    Biology encompasses the scientific study of life. The structure and function of organisms are studied at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystems levels.

    Biologists work in hundreds of fields, including the health sciences, biotechnology and environmental sciences; in government agencies concerned with resource management, environmental quality and medical research; and in educational institutions as teachers and laboratory technicians.

    The Department of Biology offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of  Arts in Education (BAE) for Biology. All students are expected to work closely with their faculty advisor to determine their curriculum.

    In coordination with the program in Environmental Science, the Department of Biology offers an Evironmental Science major with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. This major includes a core curriculum that provides students with a broad exposure to biology, chemistry, geology, statistics, and geographic information systems. More focused courses in biology provide students with expertise in their emphasis area. Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both environmental science and biology.

    The Department of Biology offers minors in biology, health sciences, biology/secondary, and general science/add-on endorsements.

    The Department of Biology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Biology. The MS degree is based on a core curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to address a research question through their masters thesis. Support for graduate students is availabe on a competitive basis through Graduate Service Appointments.

    What can I do with my degree?

    What can you do with a degree in Biology? Here are some examples of careers you can pursue:


    Biophysicist Embryonic Engineer
    Agricultural Economist Biostatistician Emergency Medical Assistant
    Agricultural Nematologist Biotechnologist Emergency Medical Technician
    Agronomist Bird Pathologist Endocrinologist
    Algologist Botanist Environmental Biologist
    Allergist Brewmaster Environmental Consultant
    Anesthesiologist Cell Biologist Environmental Engineer
    Anesthetist Cell Culture Operator Environmental Health and Safety
    Animal Behaviorist Cell Physiologist Environmental Impact Analyst
    Animal Husbandry Technician Certified Laboratory Assistant Environmental Physiologist
    Animal Nutritionist Chiropractor Environmental Planner
    Animal Pathologist Clinical Parasitologist Environmental Public Relations
    Anthropologist Clinical Technician Environmentalist
    Apiarist Communication Media Specialist Ethologist
    Aquaculturist Conservation Warden/Ranger Extension Agent (Farm Advisor)
    Aquarium Director Cooperative Agricultural Technician Farm Manager
    Aquatic Biologist Cooperative Extension Service Worker Field Biologist
    Aquatic Ecologist Crab Mariculturist Fish Culturist
    Arboriculturist Crime Laboratory Technician Fish Pathologist
    Archeologist Cytogeneticist Fisheries Biologist
    Audiologist Cytopathologist Food & Drug Inspector
    Aviculturist Cytotechnologist Food Processing Manager
    Bacteriologist Dairy Manager Food Technologist
    Biochemist Dentist Forensic Pathologist
    Biological Consultant Developmental Biologist Forensic Service Technician
    Biological Engineer Dietician Forest Economist
    Biological Photographer Ecological Consultant Forest Pathologist
    Biological Process Engineer Economic Botanist Forest Products Technologist
    Biological Quality Assurance Manager Editor - Science Forest Ranger
    Biology Teacher Electron Microscopist Forester
    Biomedical Engineer Technician Electrophoresis Specialist Forestry Technician
    Biometrician Embryologist Game Manager
    Geneticist Occupational Therapist Research Technician
    Genetic Counselor Oenologist Resource Policy Analyst
    Greenhouse Manager Optician Respiratory Therapist
    Herpetologist Oral Surgeon Sanitary Engineer
    Histology Technician Ornithologist Science Librarian
    Histologist Osteopath Science Writer
    Horticulturist Paleocologist Sewage Plant Operator
    Hospital Administrator Paleontologist Silvaculturist
    Ichthyologist Palynologist Sitviculturalist
    Immunologist Paramedic Sociobiologist
    Industrial Hygienist Park Manager Soil Scientist
    Industrial Waste Specialist Park Naturalist Staff Research Associate
    Insect Quarantine Inspector Park Ranger Surgeon
    Lab Technician Park Technician Taxidermist
    Laboratory Manager Pathologist Taxonomist
    Laboratory Technician Peace Corps Representative Toxicologist
    Land Manager Pediatrician Tree Surgeon
    Landscape Architect Pest Control Specialist Veterinarian
    Limnologist Pet Shop Owner Veterinary Hospital Assistant
    Mammalogist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Virologist
    Manufacturing Plant Manager Pharmacist Viticulturist
    Marine Biologist Pharmacologist Waste Disposal Engineer
    Marine Life Supervisor Phlebotomist Water Quality Controller
    Marine Life Technician Physical Therapist Water Quality Engineer
    Meat and Poultry Food Inspector Physician Watershed Manager
    Medical Assistant Physician's Assistant Weed Scientist
    Medical Entomologist Physiology Lab Technician Wildlife Conserv. & Mngmnt Specialist
    Medical Equipment Sales Phytopathologist Zoo Assistant
    Medical Illustrator Plant Biochemist Zoo Director
    Medical Record Administrator Plant Breeder Zoologist
    Medical Records Librarian Plant Pest Control Inspector
    Medical Supply House Buyer Plant Physiology Technician
    Medical Technologist Plant Propagator
    Medical Writer Plant Quarantine Inspector
    Microbiologist Podiatrist
    Midwife Population Biologist
    Mortician Population Geneticist
    Museum Educational Staff Member Post Harvest Botanist
    Museum Technician-Curator Poultry Scientist
    Mushroom Farmer Produce Clerk
    Mycologist Protozoologist
    Natural Resources Manager R & D Biochemist
    Natural Sciences Research Curator Radiobiologist
    Nature Center Director Radiochemistry Technician
    Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiologic Technologist
    Nurse Anesthetist Radiologist
    Nursery Owner Rancher
    Nutritionist Range Manager

    Contact Information

    Department of Biology
    258 Science Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2339

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