Biology at The W

The Study of Life

The biological sciences offer a broad range of coursework and opportunities for students. The biology major starts with a collection of central biology courses then students branch out their studies through the a wide variety of advanced biological topics offered such as: plants, animals, ecology, physiology, anatomy, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology and evolution.

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Undergraduate Student Research

Many students complete a faculty/student research project or internship either at MUW or at another institution during the summer. Here at MUW, Dr. Benjamin Onyeagucha, Dr. Davida Crossley, Dr. Ghanshyam Heda, and Dr. Ross Whitwam have all been awarded multi-year grants from the National Institutes of Health which have allowed them to establish well-equipped laboratories for microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and genomics research in Parkinson Hall. Dr. Onyeagucha, Dr. Crossley, Dr. Heda, Dr. Hagey, Dr. Whitwam, and other departmental faculty have several students involved in their research efforts at any point in time. The grant funds have allowed for the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, faculty release time, stipends for student researchers, and student travel to professional meetings.

Research Opportunities

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We offer excellent preparation for teaching biology at the secondary (7-12) level.

Biology Scholarships

There are various biology scholarships offered by the Department available to current Biology majors. Most of these scholarships are available to all students (including international students) except those students who are full-ride Centennial Scholars. Amounts awarded are generally in the $500 to $2000 dollar range.

Biology Scholarships

Careers & Graduate Studies in Biology

MUW graduates in Biology are well prepared for the next step in their academic and/or professional lives. Students continue on to graduate school, industry positions, teaching positions, and professional programs. MUW offers all the prerequisite coursework required for admission to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and veterinary medicine and has academic advisors who are knowledgeable about admissions requirements of these programs.

STEM Career Development