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Biology, B.A., B.S.

Whitworth biology students develop knowledge about all levels of the natural world and learn to apply that knowledge in practical ways through faculty and student collaboration in groundbreaking research.

Courses will expose you to the major ideas of biology and their effects on how we view the meaning of life and human nature. Across the biology curriculum, you will be challenged to ask probing questions about what it means to live out your faith or worldview in the context of current society. At the same time, the major will introduce you to the technical skills required for biology professionals and for graduate study in the field or laboratory.

Why major in biology at Whitworth?

  • Gain valuable experience from a high number of research opportunities available both on and off campus. You will have the chance to perform research side by side with professors and present findings at professional scientific conferences.
  • Draw inspiration from the newly-built Robinson Science Hall, where you can study live animals in our vivarium, and human cadavers in our anatomy and physiology lab.
  • Connect your faith or worldview with your studies. Biology at Whitworth is situated at the interface between faith and science, and students learn that the two are not at odds with one another, but rather complementary.
  • Learn from passionate, intelligent and accessible professors who allow students to stop by the office to chat and invite students into their homes.
  • Apply coursework to everyday life. Lessons from anatomy to ecology are experienced outside of the classroom.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our biology grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Whitworth biology graduates are well prepared for their next steps, including medical or graduate school and careers in biology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, education, environmental science and related research fields. Students interested in furthering their education receive guidance on how to be successful in applying to medical or graduate schools.

Our graduates are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • Wade Muncey, resident physician at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic
  • Dominique Armstrong, laboratory assistant, CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories, Spokane
  • Seth Flanders, water resources specialist, Spokane County Conservation District
  • Jenna Morris, ecological field research technician, National Environmental Observation Network
  • Rylie Gabehart, veterinary assistant, Millwood Animal Clinic, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Our recent biology grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Oregon State University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Creighton University School of Medicine

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Study field biology both internationally and in the variety of ecosystems in the Spokane region.
  • Through internships, experience firsthand fields such as medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, fisheries, environmental conservation and wildlife science.
  • Take advantage of summer research opportunities and develop skills in performing research and communicating results to the scientific community.
  • Get involved in clubs such as pre-med and Kipos: Students Advocating Environmental Justice.

Pack your bags!

Students have the opportunity to study unique ecosystems in Costa Rica, and serve on medical missions to Guatemala.


You can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in biology. The department also offers minors in biology and environmental studies. The biology minor is designed to allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study that meets unique or specific career objectives.

Ask our faculty

Ask Grant

Associate Professor Grant Casady specializes in ecology and environmental science.

Ask Lee Anne

Associate Professor Lee Anne Chaney's areas of expertise are genetics, plant science and botany.

Ask Aaron

Associate Professor Aaron Putzke specializes in molecular biology and genetics.

Ask Mike

Associate Professor Mike Sardinia's areas of expertise are medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and neuroscience.