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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

Fall 2014 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

SBS Botany PhD Daniel Mullendore and Professor Michael Knoblauch published in Nature Communications the article "CHOLINE TRANSPORTER-LIKE1 is required for sieve plate development to mediate long-distance cell-to-cell communication."

 [Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Jesse Brunner received a $10,000 grant from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians to validate methods for detecting emerging Ranavirus pathogens of animals.  Professor Brunner was also a coauthor of three recent papers: "Detection of the emerging amphibian pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranavirus in Russia" in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (110: 235-240), "Prevalence of human-active and variant 1 strains of the tick-borne pathogen Anaplasma phagocytophilum in hosts and forests of eastern North America” in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0525), and "Co-infection of blacklegged ticks with Babesia microti and Borrelia burgdorferi is higher than expected and acquired from small mammal hosts” in PLoS One (9(6):e99348).

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Eric Roalson, SBS graduate student Josh Rosnow, and Emeritus Regents Professor Gerry Edwards recently published the article "Positive selection of Kranz and non-Kranz C4 phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase amino acids in Suaedoideae (Chenopodiaceae) in the  Journal of Experimental Botany (65: 3595–3607).  Professor Roalson was also a coauthor of the paper "Notes on the typification and nomenclature of Salsola and Kali (Chenopodiaceae) published in Taxon (63: 647–650).

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Dr. John Clark, who earned his PhD in Botany in SBS, has been appointed Executive Director of the Center for Plant Conservation (, a non-profit organization that works with botanical gardens and arboreta to conserve imperiled plants of the United States and Canada.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Joanna Kelley recently published the article "Compact genome of the Antarctic midge is likely an adaptation to an extreme environmentin Nature Communications.  You can read coverage of this research by WSU, the BBC and Yahoo News by clicking these links.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Michelle (Shelley) McGuire traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh this summer to deliver a keynote lecture entitled "Maximizing Nutrition During Pregnancy for Maternal Health" to a large group of local physicians dedicated to improving the health of Bangladeshi women and infants.

[Updated 08/12/2014]

Professor Michelle (Shelley) McGuire gave the invited presentation "Human Milk and Microbes: Exploring a New Avenue in Infant Research" at the Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium at the University of Idaho.  Janae Mosely (MS in Zoology, 2014) an advisee of Dr. McGuire’s, was awarded the top prize for her poster presentation entitled "A comparison of bacterial communities in feces of breastfed infants determined by 454 pyrosequencing and Illumina MiSeq."

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