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 Asaph Cousins received the 2015 Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award in the category of Faculty Group. He will be presented with the award at the MLK Community Celebration on January 22, 7:30pm in the WSU CUB Senior Ballroom.

 [Updated 12/19/2014]

SBS PhD student, Nicole Krauss, received the Boeing Fellowship for Environmental Sciences through the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes a $3000 stipend for one year.

 [Updated 12/08/2014]

Dr. Jeremiah Busch was recently awarded a 3 year NSF grant to study the effects of range expansion on the reproductive mode in a flowering plant (Campanulastrum americanum). This research, in collaboration with Dr. Laura Galloway at the University of Virginia, will combine analyses of DNA sequence variation with greenhouse and field studies to test hypotheses regarding the evolution of self-pollination at range limits. Such a combined approach is useful in understanding why the evolution of close inbreeding is often observed near species range limits.

 [Updated 12/08/2014]

SBS Faculty Shelley McGuire traveled to Aarhus, Denmark in October to deliver an invited presentation entitled "Human milk: Mother Nature’s prototypical probiotic food?" at the International Milk Genomics Conference. She also gave invited presentations at the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation meetings held in Kiawah, South Carolina (October, 2014) entitled "Introduction to the human milk microbiome – yes, there are bacteria in breastmilk!" and at the Glycobiology Society meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii (November, 2014) entitled "The human milk microbiome – a paradigm shift."

 [Updated 12/08/2014]

Professor Erica Crespi, along with students from her Animal Development course, were featured in The Daily Evergreen today for their research on the effects of differing environment factors on the development of embryos.

 [Updated 12/01/2014]

School of Biological Sciences faculty member Jesse Brunner was recently interviewed for an article on climate change in Washington State Magazine, titled The Scrambled Natural World of Global Warming, A Travelogue.

 [Updated 11/25/2014]

Dr. Patrick Carter from the School of Biological Sciences received the National Academic Advising Association Faculty Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit at the annual meeting of that organization in October.  This award, which is presented to outstanding advisors in the US and Canada, was presented to Dr. Carter to recognize his excellence in undergraduate academic advising and in research mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students at Washington State University.

 [Updated 11/04/2014]

May 2014 School of Biological Sciences PhD graduate Dr. Kristen Irwin recently published part of her dissertation in collaboration with her major advisor Dr. Patrick Carter in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  Dr. Irwin is currently a staff scientist at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.  The citation for their work is:

Irwin, K.K., and P.A. Carter. 2014.  Artificial selection on larval growth curves in Tribolium castaneum: Correlated responses and constraints. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27:2069-2079.

 [Updated 11/04/2014]

Dr. Patrick Carter from the School of Biological Sciences recently published a paper in Biometrics with his colleague Dr. Daniel Gervini in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  The citation for their work is:

Gervini, D. and P.A. Carter. 2014. Warped functional analysis of variance. Biometrics 70:526-353.

 [Updated 11/04/2014]

Justine Rupp received WSU ACADA award for Administrative Advisor of the year. She will be nominated as WSU’s entry for the regional award for Administrative Advisor.

 [Updated 10/22/2014]

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236, 509-335-3553, Contact Us
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