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Academic Resources


499 Petition - Undergraduate Research  - If you have registered for 499 credit and would like those credits to count toward your Biology degree, please complete the 499 Petition and submit to the Biology advising office in 318 Hitchcock. Visit the Research Opportunities page for more information.

399 Petition - Internships Application - Students who secure a biology-related internship may apply for it to count toward their biology degree. Please visit the Internships page for more information. 

Degree Petition Form - If you are taking a course that is not listed on the degree handout and would like to petition it to count toward a major requirement, please complete the petition form. Be sure to describe in detail how the course content meets the requirement. Attach a complete syllabus to the form and submit it to the biology advising office in 318 Hitchcock. 

Study Assistance

Tri-Beta tutoring:
The Tri-Beta Biology Study Sessions offer free weekly drop in tutoring to students in the Introductory Biology series (BIOL 180, 200, & 220) as well as one on one sessions. Experienced students are present to answer your questions while you take advantage of free snacks and a comfortable learning environment.
Tri Beta Tutoring is located on the 4th floor atrium in Hitchcock hall during the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 3:30PM-6:30PM

CLUE sessions:
Late night tutoring in Mary Gates Hall. Writing assistance also available.

The Biology Study Area (BSA)
The BSA (Hitchcock 220) serves as a hub for both students and faculty in the Biological Sciences at the UW. Students study individually and in groups, get answers to biology- and computer-related questions, and complete course-related work on their own computers or the department's.

Instructional Center, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
The academic arm of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD) Educational Opportunity Program, the Instructional Center (IC), serves students that are affiliates of the OMAD. The front desk is where students request to use the Center for tutoring, other instruction, or computer lab usage. All students using the Instructional Center must have a scan card; this card is issued through the OMA Counseling Center, or OMA affiliates can come to the IC and sign up for a card. Non-EOP students will be issued a card upon approval of their Referral Form.

Biology Networking Night

During Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters, we work to invite alumni to campus to speak with current students about their experiences post-graduation. Some alumni that come to BNN have graduated recently, and others have been working for several years and been through many career changes. They offer insightful information about how to use  your biology degree, and can also be beneficial to network with if you are seeking advice or opportunities in their career fields.

Course Evaluations
See how other students rated their professors! Listings by course name.

UW Student Guide


Our Biology majors find an extremely diverse array of career choices available to them. These vary in scope from numerous Health Sciences and Allied Health professions to a wide spectrum of field and ecologically-related careers in various federal, state, and local government agencies. Depending on the option choice within the B.S. degree in Biology, our students are accepted into some of the best professional schools (Medical, Dental, Veterinary Science, Naturopathic and Osteopathic Medicine, etc.) and graduate schools in the country.

A Biology degree, with its various options, is excellent preparation for the teaching field. It is often combined with an elementary or secondary teaching certificate leading to rewarding careers as a K-12 teacher. It is an outstanding foundation for pursuing a Master's degree or Ph.D. in preparation for an academic career in many fields of biology.

Biology Teacher Preparation

Masters in Teaching


Many of our Biology majors have obtained entry level technical positions doing bench science in local biotech or consulting companies. This degree is also great preparation for paramedical careers such as Physical Therapy, Laboratory Medicine, and Physician Assistant. Still others have established sales careers in pharmaceuticals, instruments, and other related fields.
To see some potential careers, look here at Biology Careers, a listing of potential applications of your degree within the science and nonscience realms 

Career Connections
Career Connections is a worldwide network of more than 4700 alumni and friends, available to current students and UWAA members. These contacts have volunteered to answer career-related questions and serve as networking resources. Typically, Career Connections users interact with each contact once or twice, usually via email or phone.There are many contacts whose UW department was Biology, Zoology or Botany. Career Connections is already available to all students 24/7, with a search engine that will allow them to zero in on the contacts who were Biology majors at the UW and/or are currently working in biology-related fields.

The enormous variety of options can be discovered more fully with a visit to our advising office in 318 Hitchcock Hall, where one of our Biology Academic Counselors will be able to help match your interests and talents with these many career options.

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