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 botany and zoology. 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 2015 schedule
All seminars are in Abelson Hall Room 201 at 4:10 pm.


PhD Fellowships available
Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE). Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy.

News from SBS

Professor Michael Skinner is the new editor in chief for Environmental Epigenetics, a new open access journal from Oxford University Press.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Professor Omar Cornejo was featured in last month’s edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Two SBS graduate students from the Crespi Lab received Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research grants to support their doctoral dissertation research: Emily Hall received an award for her proposal titled, "Does road salt influence the probability of disease-associated die-offs of larval amphibians," and Marietta Easterling received an award for her proposal titled, "Examining the effects of leptin on developing and regenerating limbs in Xenopus laevis tadpoles."

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

The Biology Graduate Students Association has been selected to receive the President’s Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD).

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Scott Mitchell received a “Gray Award” in the recent WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) for his poster: Mitchell, S, S. Anderson and R.D. Evans.  Determining rate of δ15N change in three common lichen species with shifts in the δ15N of source nitrogen.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Justin Poinsatte, a graduate student in the Evans Lab, won first place in the student poster competition at the Northwest Science Association meetings for his poster: Poinsatte, J., Anderson, S.M., Harlow, B., and R.D. Evans. Snowpack as a reservoir of nitrogen deposition in subalpine ecosystems of the Cascades.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

SBS graduate student, Sarah Anderson, a student in the Evans lab, was awarded a Golding Family Fellowship in Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences in the amount of $3,000. This award was established by the Golding family to provide support for graduate women in the physical and life sciences.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Professor Kathy Beerman’s recent student trip to Guatemala for spring break was included in the April edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Former Professor Charlotte Omoto was highlighted in the latest edition of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences Connect magazine.

 [Updated 05/22/2015]

Professor Omar Cornejo was recently published in the January 2015 journal Genome Biology and Evolution. The article, entitled "Genome-wide patterns of genetic polymorphism and signatures of selection in Plasmodium vivax," was then highlighted in the "News and Analysis / Genome Watch" section of Nature Reviews in Microbiology.

 [Updated 03/26/2015]

Dr. Pat Carter has been promoted to Professor.

 [Updated 03/17/2015]

Dr. Larry Hufford has been selected as the 2015 WSU Outstanding Chair/ School Director,   Dr. Hufford was recognized for his service, leadership, and commitment to the vision and mission of School of Biological Sciences and WSU.

 [Updated 03/17/2015]

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.