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Enhancing the student experience

What inspires your curiosity? The Biology program at the University of Washington firmly believes that curiosity should lead you to the field of study that sparks an undeniable interest. Biology students have myriad opportunities to explore subjects and issues that influence our lives and the surrounding environment in which we live. Through challenging and engaging courses, fieldwork, research, and internships, our students develop a keen awareness of the miraculous nature of Biology. Additionally, the depth and breadth of biological studies at UW serve as a foundation for broad and diverse career options. 

The Department of Biology is currently the largest undergraduate major on the UW Seattle campus. The majors below provide training in biology at all levels, from introductory to highly advanced and give students the opportunity to choose a curriculum that best suits their needs. The department primarily focuses on plant and animal physiology, ecology, evolution, and cell biology. 

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DEGREES - The Department of Biology offers two degree programs, one leading to a B.A. in Biology and one leading to a B.S. in Biology.

B.A. in Biology:

B.S. in Biology curricular options:

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General Biology  General Biology
Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology Molecular, Cellular and Developmental 
Physiology Physiology
Plant Biology Plant Biology



Matrix of Classes - When advanced courses are offered for the academic year

2021-2022 Courses for the Biology B.A. & B.S. Degrees

2020-2021 Courses for the Biology B.A. & B.S. Degrees

2019-2020 Courses for the Biology B.A. & B.S. Degrees 

2018-2019 Courses for the Biology B.A. & B.S. Degrees


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Date last changed Jul 12th, 2021 @ 18:43:03 PDT