Western Kentucky University


Fall 2013 Biology Graduate Students

For a NOVA production of “Why Sharks Attack,” Rachael Kelly, Adam Geiger and John Hawkes visited the WKU labs of biology faculty member Dr. Steve Huskey and engineering faculty member Dr. Chris Byrne last July and filmed them testing the bite force of shark teeth on a surfboard, among other things. Click on photo for full article. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Cody Ashley is one of our Majors with an Outdoor Leadership program Minor (OLP). He is shown here at Savage Falls.

Katelyn Dotson, a Bioambassador and Biology major, enjoying an internship at the Alaska Conservation Center.

Dr. Steve Huskey receives the Student Advisement Award from Dr. Cheryl Stevens.

Eppiphanie Benton, second from the left in the picture, is a junior Biology major, with a pre-medicine concentration and Nonprofit Administration minor. The picture was taken while Studying Abroad in Trinidad with the Political Science Department Head, Dr. Saundra Ardrey.

Peace Corps Master Program graduate student Lauren Van Sicklin is in Madagascar. The photo above was taken at her volunteer swearing in ceremony.

Biology graduate student, Kelly Derham, presented at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution conference in Dayton, Ohio.




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

 Last Modified 7/18/14