• student uses microscope

    Graduate student Mohamed Abohajar is looking at C. elegans under a dissecting microscope.

  • Syed Daniyal

    Syed Daniyal in the Koestler Lab

  • Many students and faculty attend conferences. The Neurosciences 2019 was a venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, forge collaborations with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers.

  • Biology Club gets hands on experience maintaining the Bee Hives on the Parkview Campus

  • Research continued in 2020

    Dr. Schriever continued outdoor research during Covid.

Biological Sciences accepts rolling applications for the M.A. program

Office hours

The Office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Contact your professor or Dr. Spitsbergen, biological sciences chair, to schedule an appointment.

Experiential Learning opportunities

In the Department of Biological Sciences we offer students hands-on experiences in life science research in a broad range of biological and biomedical sciences areas, including:

  • cell and tissue engineering
  • cell and tissue regeneration
  • consequences of human activity on ecosystems
  • developmental biology
  • ecology and ecosystem services
  • environmental biology
  • evolutionary biology
  • impacts of climate change on living organisms
  • immunology and virology
  • microbiology and microbial ecology
  • restoration ecology and management of native plants

These experiential learning opportunities allow students to hone their skills in effective teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and communication using oral, written and digital formats. Our students have the opportunity to present at National Conferences as part of their studies. Faculty and students discuss the value of working in a research lab as part of their educational experience.  We also have a focus on Women in STEM. Dr. Kathryn Docherty discusses her research

Biology careers can lead you to study living organisms to help develop biological knowledge and understanding of living processes for a number of different purposes, including treatment of disease and sustaining the natural environment.We are convinced that the skills learned at WMU prepare you for different careers such as:

  • Pre-dental and Dental School
  • Environmental scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medicine
  • Lab Research Scientist
  • Biotechnologist

and others. You will be a valued member of the workforce and outstanding contributor to our society. See how our students are doing after graduation.


2021 Newsletter for Biological Sciences

Fall 2021 Seminar Series schedule

2020 Newsletter for Biological Sciences

Chris Jackson, Greenhouse Manager, in the news, saving native seeds.

Drs. Beane and Spitsbergen in a video about inquiry-based learning.

Dr. Kathryn Docherty describes her field site.

Student job opportunities

Dr. Sharon Gill and doctoral student Joanna Sblendorio in the news.

Department donates PPE to the community during virus crisis.

Alberto Cintrón-Colón selected as a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow.

Three students present posters at ARO Conference.

2019 Biological Sciences Newsletter is available.

Dr. Joseph Engemann passes away.

Our department

Western Michigan University embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society. In the Department of Biological Sciences undergraduates, graduate students and faculty collaborate on real-world applications through laboratory research, publications and fieldwork. Here is the Biological Sciences information from the 2018-19 Post-graduate Activity Report. The full report can be found here.

Seminar Series buttonSeminar Series

Explore the world of biology through our seminar series each semester. The seminars are presentations of current biological research by current WMU faculty or faculty from other universities.

Faculty grant

Student awards

Congratulations to our students for a great turnout at the Michigan Branch American Society for Microbiology spring meeting. Awards received:

  • Best oral presentation award: Tetiana Petrachkova

Undergraduate research opportunities

Set on 661 acres in Southwest Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides visitors with an exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes and prairies, and more than seven miles of nature trails. The institute is open to the public year-round, free of charge.

Get a glimpse of the biological sciences program

Nicole Carpp talks about life in the biological sciences program. View this two-minute video to get a glimpse of this program.

Presentation opportunities for students

Students have the opportunity to attend conferences and present their research.

Past presentations by faculty and students.

Academic support

Student Success Services in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University provides academic support programs and connects you to resources you may need to achieve your academic and personal goals.

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