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

Office hours

Until further notice, our office is open by appointment only.

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


Spring 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

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