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Biology Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is designed to provide a thorough foundation in biology and other supporting areas of science and mathematics, while providing maximum flexibility and student choice. The degree program is administered by the Department of Botany. Upon completion of the core requirements for the major (see list at, specific courses to complete the major will vary according to a student's interests and career plans and may be selected from a variety of departments on campus in consultation with a student's faculty advisor.

Department of Botany, 3165
114 Aven Nelson Building, 766-2380
FAX: (307)766-2851

Freshman and Sophomore Years

Students take introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. These courses provide the foundation for more advanced work in upper division biology courses and contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of biological processes.

Junior Year

Students take courses in genetics, ecology, evolution and statistics. Students should consult the biology degree web site for the list of requirements ( and meet with their adviser regularly to assess progress toward meeting all degree requirements.

Senior Year

In consultation with their advisors, students select advanced courses in the biological sciences that they find particularly interesting. Advisors maintain lists of suggested courses that include offerings from a variety of departments at UW.

Undergraduate Minor

A minor in biology is offered. For further information or see the web site

Teacher Education

Students who plan to teach in secondary schools should consult the College of Education section.

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