Programs that give you an edge
At WSU, you can take advantage of programs that give you unique hands-on experience, an accelerated track to an advanced degree, or that simply don’t exist elsewhere in the Northwest.
WSU science graduates report that their laboratory skills more than match those of other new employees with degrees from other top schools.
There are plenty of opportunities to get experience working in faculty research labs. And it's not just lab work. You could do hands-on field work in ecology, zoology, natural resource management, and more.
Top scientists teach your classes
WSU faculty researchers in biological and environmental science disciplines are among the most productive and influential in the nation.
- Plant sciences: 2nd
- Veterinary medicine: 3rd
- Zoology: 7th
The professors who earned these rankings are also teaching your classes — and even giving you opportunities to join their research teams.
A fast track to success
The WSU STARS (Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies) program gives you a chance to accelerate your learning process so you can earn a Ph.D. in as little as seven years after leaving high school.
The biological and environmental science programs at WSU provide outstanding preparation for medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school. Several majors offer tracks specifically for pre-veterinary and pre-med preparation.
Friends at every step
Imagine living next door to the same friends you see in your classes. You go to class together, study for tests together, and help each other succeed. That's the kind of community you'll find here at Washington State University.
When you major in the biological sciences, you can choose to live in the University's designated STEM residence hall in which your neighbors will be science, math, and engineering majors — making that sense of shared effort and common goals a reality.
At WSU, you get the world-class academic and research opportunities of a big university with the close-knit community of a small one.