College of Arts and Sciences

School of Biological Sciences


Thanks for visiting the website of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS).

Our faculty and students are engaged in exciting research, insightful education, and important public outreach that cover widely the range of biology.

  • For undergraduate students, SBS is the home to majors in biology and zoology, and each of those majors includes various options. Those options provide opportunities for students interested in health sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, and pre-physical therapy tracks.
  • For graduate students, SBS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology and plant biology. We have excellent educational and research facilities.
  • Using the links on this homepage you can discover more about experiences in SBS and the education and research opportunities we offer. We hope you will explore our website and please feel welcome to visit us on campus.

Student Learning Outcomes


Biology Courses

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SBS Seminar Series

Spring 2016 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.

News from SBS

Emilly Hall, Ph.D. student in Erica Crespi’s lab, received the GPSA Excellence Award for 2015.

 [Updated 11/30/2015]

Ryan Boyd, a Ph.D. student in Asaph Cousins’ lab, just published the following manuscript:

 [Updated 11/20/2015]

Undergraduate Advisors Jenny Lewis and Tina Krauss were both awarded with the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) $500 Region 8 Scholarships to attend the Region 8 Conference in Seattle in January.

 [Updated 11/16/2015]

SBS Academic Advisor Tina Krauss received the WSU Academic Advising Association’s (ACADA) Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising award in the new advisor category. She is now a candidate for the national association’s (NACADA) equivalent regional and national awards.

 [Updated 11/10/2015]


Asaph Cousins’ work with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop sorghum crops that will “grow in marginal soils with scant water and nitrogen yet produce large quantities of quality plant materials for brewing biofuels” was recently highlighted in CAS Connect.

 [Updated 10/23/2015]

Zoology Ph.D student Bobbi Johnson was awarded the Best Student Paper for her presentation at the meeting for the American Fisheries Society which she attended with advisor Gary Thorgaard in Portland.

 [Updated 09/28/2015]

Professor Michelle McGuire was featured in the WSU news for her research on the effects of the weed-killing chemical glyphosate on mother’s breast milk. Her findings showing that the chemical does not accumulate in breast milk has been verified by an accredited, outside organization.

 [Updated 09/28/2015]

SBS Professors Omar Cornejo and Brian Kemp were highlighted in the WSU news for a study that was featured in July 21st issue of The Washington Post. Their genome research is helping to identify the first Americans and will help to discover “a more comprehensive view of the process of colonization and spread of human populations in the Americas”. 

[Updated 07/23/2015]

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236, 509-335-3553, Contact Us
The SBS main office is located in 312 Abelson Hall on the Pullman campus.