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Biology - General Emphasis, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , WA,
The Biology - General Emphasis program at Western Washington University allows students to develop an upper-division curriculum tailored to meet their educational needs with the help of their faculty advisor.


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. 

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 Washington University’s Biology - General Emphasis 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. 

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.   

Careers and Graduate Studies

The foundational principles in the Biology (BS) curriculum are ultimately critical for post-baccalaureate studies and future job performance. Recent graduates have used their Biology education from Western as a foundation for more advanced studies. Some students pursue dental school, while others are involved in a variety of fields such as botanical studies and veterinary medicine.

Sample Careers

  • Botanist 
  • Ecologist 
  • Biology Educator 
  • Marine Scientist 
  • Biotechnologist
  • Laboratory Technician 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Dentist 
  • Medical Doctor

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 include:
  • 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

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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

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