Over 40 faculty have their home in the School. These faculty include 32 tenured/tenure-track professors on the Pullman campus and four tenured/tenure track professors on the Vancouver campus. All professors in the School are engaged in and committed to both teaching and research. The experiences and research interests of our faculty extend from molecular biology to physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Faculty research projects include protists, plants, and animals.
The School is the home for two of the university's most popular majors, biology and zoology. Over 100 students major in each of these areas. Both biology and zoology offer diverse options to allow our majors to specialize or to select a general option that provides more latitude in creating a program of study. All students who major in biology or zoology have an academic advisor, usually a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences, to assist in planning coursework, research opportunities, internships, and career objectives.
The School has a strong graduate program that offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology and plant biology. Our graduate program has over 70 students. Graduate students work closely with their major advisors and degree committees to develop programs of study and research projects. Faculty laboratories are well equipped and most faculty have research grants to support student projects. Graduate students are supported by either teaching or research assistantships.
The School maintains several facilities that serve teaching and research needs in SBS and the broader University community. These include greenhouses, plant growth chambers, the Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation Center, the Stable Isotope Core Laboratory, the Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill, and an aquaculture facility.
The Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center (FMIC) is housed in the same buildings as the School and our faculty and students are closely associated with the Center. The FMIC is a research and educational facility that has transmission and scanning electron microscopes as well as confocal, fluorescence, and light microscopes and ancillary equipment for specimen preparation and imaging.
The School is the home to two of the University's museums. The Charles R. Conner Museum of Natural History consists of over 56,000 specimens of vertebrate animals and includes taxidermy specimens in public galleries as well as collections devoted to research and teaching. The Marion Ownbey Herbarium consists of nearly 400,000 dried plant specimens that are used for teaching, research and public outreach.