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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Majors in Biology or Zoology

Biology Major

The biology major is built around core courses in biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics. We offer five options for biology majors that allow students to pick among different programs of interest.

  • The general option provides students with the greatest latitude to shape their own programs of study.
  • The plant biology, entomology, and ecology and evolution options of the biology major direct students select appropriate courses to develop a strong background in these disciplines.
  • The education option prepares students to enter a teaching career in secondary education in biology and related areas.

General Biology

Plant Biology


Ecology and Evolution

Pre-PT, PA, OT


Basic Medical Sciences

4 Year Plan Worksheet



Zoology Major

The zoology major aims to provide students with knowledge and experience in the biology of animals. The major is built around core courses in ecology, evolution, and genetics. Students are expected also to select from courses in anatomy, physiology, and invertebrate biology. Opportunities for elective courses allow students to specialize in different areas of zoology.

For students interested in health science professions, we offer degree options to provide coursework and experiences essential to enter professional schools.

General Zoology

Pre-vet/Animal Care


Accelerated Pre-vet

4 Year Plan Worksheet

Certifying as a Biology or Zoology Major

Students may certify in biology or zoology after the completion of 24 semester hours of credit and with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Majors in biology and zoology will be assigned an advisor in the School of Biological Sciences.

Students can choose biology or zoology as a second major. To declare a second major, students must have completed 60 semester hours of credit and have a GPA of 2.0 or above.

To certify in a biology or zoology major, please contact SBS in 301 Abelson Hall.

Photo of plants in a greenhouse

If you have questions about the biology or zoology majors, please feel free to contact us. You are welcome to come by the office of the School of Biological Sciences in 301 Abelson Hall on the Pullman campus or contact one of the following individuals by email:

Pat Carterpacarter
Director, School of Biological Sciences
Audrey van NulandAud.vannuland@wsu.eduAcademic Coordinator/Advisor
R. Dave Evans rdevans at wsu.eduAssociate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Brandon Frisbrandon.fris
Academic Coordinator/Advisor
Susan Schroederschroedersa@wsu.eduAcademic Coordinator/Advisor

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, PO Box 644236, Pullman WA 99164-4236 Contact Us: 509-335-3553
The SBS main office is located in 301 Abelson Hall on the Pullman campus.