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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)

Dr. Keith Philips led a study abroad class to Costa Rica for Gatton Academy students during the January 2015 term.

Fall 2014 Biology Graduate Students

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)

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

2014 BioAmbassadors from left to right: Kaitlyn Dotson, Taylor Billings, Cyrus Sadrinia, Storm Dutton, and Corbin LeMieux

Biology graduate students Mayank Kapadia, Chase LaDue, Amy Fehrenbach, Andrea Sejdic, and Jennifer Dumaine judged the Potter Gray science fair for 4th and 5th graders at the request of Potter Gray science teacher Nita Cole to our faculty member, Dr. Nancy Rice.

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

Biology Slideshow

Biology Advising Super Session Dates:

Wed. March 18th at 4:30 pm in Snell Hall 2113

Tues. March 24th at 5pm in Snell Hall 1108

Mon. March 30th at 4:30pm in Snell Hall 2113

Thurs. April 2nd at 5pm in Snell Hall 2113

Fri. April 10th at 8 am in TCCW 308

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