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    The Department of Biology offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. The BS degree is designed for students who require a broad background in biology, along with specialized training that will prepare them for specific careers. The program is based upon a core curriculum that provides a common background. Coursework for specific careers is based upon selection of elective courses, tailored to career choice. All students are expected to work closely with their faculty advisor to determine their curriculum.

    In addition, the Bachelor's of Science in Biology program is designed to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to "do biology." At the introductory level, students enroll in Biological Investigation to learn the basics of how to design, conduct, and present research projects. During their final year, students enroll in the senior capstone course that highlights a research project. Many elective courses in biology also incorporate research projects. In addition, undergraduate students often conduct independent research projects in faculty labs. Our undergraduate students have presented their research projects at EWU's annual Research and Creative Works Symposium and at both regional and national scientific meetings.

    What will I study?

    BS in Biology: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Option

    This option is recommended for students planning a career in medicine or dentistry. See below for advising guides for other pre-health science careers.

    Courses:  Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Curriculum
    Advisors: Dr. Prakash Bhuta, Dr. David Daberkow, Dr. Charles Herr, Dr. Joanna Joyner-Matos

    BS in Biology: General Biology

    The BS in Biology provides a core curriculum (General Biology Curriculum);  but allows students flexibility in selecting elective courses that will best suit their career aspirations. Advising guides for different areas of interest provide recommended courses and, for most guides, information about careers and preparation for post-graduate study. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors in the selection of courses and career preparation.

    BS in Biology: Advising Guides

    Botany/Range Science

    Courses:  Botany/range science
    Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Schwab


    Courses:  Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
    Advisor:  Dr. Krisztian Magori


    Courses: Fisheries
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Spruell

    Medical Technology

    Courses:  Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (4+1) or Pre-Medical Laboratory Science (3+1))
    Advisor: Dr. Andrea Castillo


    Courses:  Pre-Optometry
    Advisor:  Dr. Joanna Joyner-Matos


    Courses:  Pre-Pharmacy
    Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Schwab

    Physical Therapy

    Courses:  Pre-Physical Therapy
    Advisor:  Dr. Justin Bastow

    Physician Assistant

    Courses:  Pre-Physician Assistant
    Advisor:  Dr. Luis Matos 

    Veterinary Medicine

    Courses:  Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    Advisor: Dr. Krisztian Magori

    Wildlife Biology-Management

    Courses:  Wildlife Biology
    Advisor: Dr. Margaret O'Connell

    Contact Information

    Department of Biology
    258 Science Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2339

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