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Biology Ambassadors 2016-2017Congratulations to Dr. Jarrett Johnson on receiving the 2016 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Research/Creativity Award.Congratulations to Dr. Ajay Srivastava on receiving the 2016 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Advising Award.

Biology Ambassadors 2016-2017; Bottom Row, from Left: Jacob Lee, Sayo Aromiwura, Elizabeth Lawrence, Nick Wheeler; Top Row, from Left: Morgan Cash, Storm Dutton, Kaitlyn Wathen

Congratulations to Dr. Jarrett Johnson on receiving the 2016 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Research/Creativity Award.

2016-2017 Biology Graduate Students-in-Residence: Back Row: Meghan Parsley, Samantha Thomas, Jessie Nugent, Lynn Von Hagen, Amelia Smith; Middle Row: Robert Hudgell, Samuel Tegge, Nate Zbasnik, Mitchell Schooler, Chris Banotai, Kenny Anderson, Dan Flinchum, Lauren Van Sicklen, Tucker Cambridge; Front Row: Joshua Smith, Katie Laslie, Cassandra Scalf

Congratulations to Dr. Ajay Srivastava on receiving the 2016 Ogden College of Science and Engineering Advising Award.

Tracking Elephants in Kenya, (Left to Right) Simon Kasaine (former MS Student at WKU), Simon (driver), Bruce Schulte (Biology Department Head), Ezra and son, Chase LaDue (Biology graduate student) (Photo provided by Chase LaDue)

Dr. Rodney King and Dr. John Andersland were happy to collaborate with Morehead State University and Georgetown College as part of the Small Genome Discovery Project. (Shown in photo are visitors from Georgetown College). Please click on photo for more information.

Biology graduate student Aiste Dobrovolskiate and Dr. Nancy Rice in Kenya

WKU Biology in Harlaxton: In 2016, the WKU Biology Department will begin offering courses at Harlaxton College in order to provide students with an opportunity to study abroad AND take courses in the biology MAJOR. Click on photo for more information. (Photo by Alex Schulte)

Welcome to the Department of Biology at Western Kentucky University

The opportunities in the Biology Department truly embody the vision of WKU as “A Leading American University with International Reach.” Our reach is firmly rooted in teaching excellence with the integration of experiential learning through laboratory and field based research in our curricula. Furthermore, our reach extends from our campus laboratories, to our local field sites including the 1300 acre Upper Green River Biological Preserve, all the way to the Caribbean, China, and Africa. From studies on microbes to megafauna, and genes to ecosystems, undergraduate and graduate students play an active role in the advancement of knowledge taking place in the Department of Biology at WKU. For our majors, exploration begins with an introductory sequence and leads to specialty courses, internships, and research opportunities. Many students from the University Honors College major in biology because of the high quality education and the numerous enticing career prospects. Our graduate program offers thesis and non-thesis options for the Master of Science degree. Undergraduates go on to medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional programs, graduate school, or directly enter the workforce. Graduate students continue for their Ph.D. or other professional degrees, or find employment in industry, NGOs, or governmental agencies. Our department has a diverse array of faculty to satisfy the needs of a wide range of student interests; we provide a friendly, personal touch to the intellectual growth of our undergraduate and graduate students.

Please browse through our webpages for more information, and contact us with any questions. We look forward to you joining us in the Biology Department at WKU!


Bruce A. Schulte

Department Head

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Vision Statement

The Department of Biology at WKU strives to create a dynamic, experiential learning environment, and to be a destination department for competitive undergraduate and graduate students, involving them in the process of science and preparing them for success in a global society.

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