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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 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]

Crespi Lab Zoology undergraduate, Kayla Titialiii, recently won first place for Undergraduate Excellence at the Wiley Resarch Exposition. The prize includes a $1000 scholarship.

 [Updated 03/17/2015]

Nicole Krauss,PhD candidate in the Schwabl lab, received a Graduate Student Smithsonian Fellowship to support a field research project titled, “The effects of maternal diet on egg quality and composition in a changing environment". Nicole conducts her project with migratory Black-throated blue warblers at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, a Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site.

 [Updated 03/11/2015]

SBS faculty Elissa Schwartz has two publications currently in press:
Schwartz EJ, Morgan M, Lapin S. Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza in two settings in a small community: the workplace and the university campus. Epidemiology & Infection, in press. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268814002684.
Vaidya NK, Morgan M, Jones T, Miller L, Lapin S, Schwartz EJ. Modelling the epidemic spread of an H1N1 influenza outbreak in a rural university town. Epidemiology & Infection, in press. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268814002568.

 [Updated 02/17/2015]

Professor Elissa Schwartz will be presenting a talk entitled "Identifying the conditions under which antibodies protect against infection by equine infectious anemia virus" at the upcoming HIV Symposium in Palm Springs, CA in March 2015. Gonzaga University invited her to give a talk this month entitled, "Insights into an H1N1 influenza outbreak from mathematical and agent-based modeling." Last October, she was invited to present a seminar at Pomona College. The title of the talk was "Modeling equine infectious anemia virus infection: Virus dynamics, immune control and escape.”

 [Updated 02/17/2015]

Professor Omar Cornejo was recently published in Genome Biology and Evolution for his work on evolutionary genomics and genetics.
Genome-wide patterns of genetic polymorphism and signatures of selection in Plasmodium vivax. Cornejo, O.E., Fisher, D. and Escalante, A.A. 2014. accepted Genome Biology and Evolution 7(1): 106-119.

 [Updated 02/17/2015]

SBS PhD candidate, Sarah Meiners, received a Sigma Xi award for her proposal, "Co-infection and the evolution of pathogen virulence: experimental tests in the ranavirus-Xenopus laevis model system".

 [Updated 02/16/2015]

Professor Hubert Schwabl’slab recently published two papers, with one other accepted, from the hormone and behavior research in free-living red-backed fairy wrens in Australia. Authors Douglas Barron and Willow Lindsay are former SBS PhD students who are now postdoctoral fellows in labs in the US, respectively Sweden.
Barron, D. G., M. S. Webster, and H. Schwabl. 2015. Do androgens link morphology and behavior to produce phenotype-specific behavioral strategies? Animal Behaviour 100: 116-124. PDF
H. Schwabl, Lindsay, W. R., D. G. Barron, and M. S. Webster. 2014. Endocrine correlates of mate choice and promiscuity in females of a socially monogamous avian mating system with alternative male reproductive phenotypes. Current Zoology 60: 804-815. PDF
Schwabl H. , J. Dowling,, D. T. Baldassarre, M. Gahr, W. R. Lindsay, M. S. Webster. 2015. Variation in song system anatomy and androgen levels does not correspond to song characteristics in a tropical songbird. Animal Behaviour.

 [Updated 02/16/2015]

SBS PhD candidate, Steven Micheletti, was awarded the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($19600) this month. He recently had an article published in Molecular Ecology, titled “A test of the central-marginal hypothesis using population genetics and ecological niche modelling in an endemic salamander (Ambystoma barbouri)”.

 [Updated 02/06/2015]

Former SBS PhD student, Gyeong Mee Yoon (2006 grad), has just been awarded and started a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the University of Purdue.

 [Updated 02/06/2015]

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