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Biology - Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEO) Emphasis, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , WA,
The Biology—Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEO) Emphasis degree program at Western Washington University focuses on the structure, function, ecology, and evolution of organisms, with an emphasis on plants and animals.


A diploma granted under this major will indicate “Bachelor of Science”; official transcripts will indicate Biology — Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Emphasis at Western Washington University.

Western’s Biology programs are based 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. The foundational principles in the Biology (BS) curriculum are ultimately critical for post-baccalaureate studies and future job performance.  

Because of the wide array of elective options for this major, the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology emphasis is a terrific degree for students interested in careers in field research, in veterinary medicine, or in pursuing graduate education in ecology, evolutionary biology, or organismal biology.

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 resemble research experiences.   

Careers and Graduate Studies

After completing the Bachelor of Science in Biology — EEO, recent Western graduates have worked at the Seattle Aquarium and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, while others have continued their education at schools like Michigan State University and University of Southern Mississippi.

Sample Careers

  • Botanist 
  • Conservation Biologist 
  • Educator 
  • Ecologist 
  • Environmental Consultant 
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • Field Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    96 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity 
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • Introduction to Organismal Biology 
  • Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology 
  • Biometrics
  • Evolutionary Biology 
  • General Chemistry 
  • General Chemistry, Honors 
  • Organic Chemistry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The International Student Application for Admission submitted by the application deadline
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • An essay that helps the Admissions Committee understand your academic goals, related experiences and/or preparatory course work, and professional goals
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21801 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21801 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6387 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6387 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 10-18 credits per quarter

Living costs for Bellingham

  • 1109 - 1690 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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